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Facts About Sexting Did you know..

Facts About Sexting Did you know..

  • 38% of 13-18 year olds have received a sexually explicit message.
  • 39% of teens admit sharing intimate images.
  • 55% of teens have given out personal info to someone they don’t know, including photos and physical descriptions.
  • 29% of teens have posted mean info, embarrassing photos or spread rumours about someone.
  • 38% of young people have been affected by cyber-bullying.
  • 61% of all sexters who have sent nude images admit that they were pressured to do it at least once.
  • Average age of first exposure to porn is 11 years old.

Teenage girls have a few reasons for sexting: 40% do it as a joke, 34% do it to feel sexy, and 12% feel pressured to do it.

The scary law bit..

It is a crime to take, make, permit to take, distribute, show, possess, possess with intent to distribute, or to advertise indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of any person below the age of 18. If prosecuted they could be placed on the sex offenders register.

The police would of course consider each case by case and want to make sure that no adults had been involved in exploiting children and young people. The police do not want to criminalise children and young people as it would be detrimental to the health and well being of that young person

All statistics are from the 2013 report ACPO Child Protection and Abuse Investigation (CPAI) Group