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  • 1. TEXTUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXTING
  • 2. A type of cyber bullying, sending any type of text message, sex photo message, video message, or voicemail from a mobile phone that causes the receiver to feel harassed, threatened, tormented, humiliated, embarrassed, or otherwise victimized. What is Textual Harassment?
  • 3. What is Sexting? The act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.
  • 4. Guam on Sexting and Textual Harassment • In 2010, at least 16 states and Guam introduced or are considering bills or resolutions aimed at sexting. • The legislation generally aims to educate young people about the risks of sexting
  • 5. • I Liheslaturan Guahan found that there is a growing concern and alarm among the community. • Sexting has been linked to crimes in the community such as bullying, cyber bullying, assault, harassment, and even criminal sexual conduct. • Guam has had to charge juveniles with other more serious criminal offenses such as distribution of child pornography.
  • 6. • I Liheslaturan Guahan finds that there is a need to create a program for first time offending juveniles, charged for sexting or posting of sexual images. • I Liheslaturan Guahan wishes to establish an educational program that is intended to be an alternative to prosecution for juveniles who are charged with criminal offense.
  • 7. Alarming Statistics • The National Campaign to prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy • Sept. – Oct. 2008 • 1,280 Total Respondents • 653 teens (ages 13-19) • 627 adults (ages 20-26) • Conducted Nationwide by TRU-Insight www.TheNationalCampaign.org/sextech http://www.tru-insight.com/
  • 8. Alarming Statistics Teens that have electronically sent nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves. • 20% of teens overall • 22% of teen girls • 18% of teen boys • 11% of young teen girls (ages 13-16) How many teens are sending sexually suggestive messages? • 39% of all teens • 37% of teen girls • 40% of teen boys • 48% of teens say they have received such messages
  • 9. Alarming Statistics • How do teens and young adults feel about sending/posting sexually suggestive content? • 75% of teens and 71% of young adults say texting sexually suggestive content “can have serious negative consequences.” • Yet, 39% of teens and 59% of young adults have sent or posted • Teens and young adults admit that sending/posting sexually suggestive content has an impact on their behavior. • 22% of teens and 28% of young adults say they are more aggressive using sexually suggestive words and images than they are in “real life.” • 38% of teens and 40% of young adults say exchanging sexually suggestive content makes dating or “hooking up” more likely.
  • 10. Analysis of Statistics • ~ 20% of teens are sending Sexually Suggestive/Explicit Images of Themselves • ~ 40% of teens are Sending Sexually Suggestive Text Messages • ~ 70 – 75% Believe that there are “Serious Negative Consequences • ~ 25 - 30% Feel that it they are more sexually aggressive when texting than in real life.
  • 11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLTj3WBmY1k Video: Mother Loses Daughter Over Sexting
  • 12. Preventions •Contact the carrier and ask that the text message function be disabled •Turning off the text messaging function for a few days may be enough to discourage the harasser
  • 13. •Contact the police •Document the harassment Preventions http://www.opposingviews.com/i/is-your-teen-a-victim-of-textual-harassment
  • 14. Preventions •Services and software that makes it easier for parents to monitor their child’s phone usage http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/06/22/earlyshow/living/parenting/main6606332.shtml
  • 15. Conclusion