Sextortion

Have you heard about it yet?  What about sexting?  Sexting is a term that came about in the early 2000s referring to sending, receiving or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photos or images using a digital device.  Most people today know about sexting and have heard someone speak about the dangers of it.  Sextortion is a rising side effect of sexting.  Shay Mitchell of Pretty Little Liars recently teamed up with Thorn, the proclaimed digital defenders of Children, narrating a PSA (included below) to increase awareness about sextortion, destigmatize the issue, and encourage individuals to reach out for help and support their friends.

Sextortion is when someone that you have sent a sext to threatens to send these images or texts on to others.  Maybe you did it once because you felt you were in love with them or you were fulfilling a dare but now, they are demanding more.  More pictures, videos, or maybe even for you to Facetime them.  They think that they can use the threat of embarrassing you to get you to do these additional things.  What they are doing is wrong.  If you are currently experiencing this, talk with a trusted adult and get help.  If a friend is experiencing this, please let them know that you are there for them and encourage them to get help from a trusted adult. Visit stopsextation.org for more information and steps to putting a stop to it.

If you are a parent and want more information on sexting, check out this article from greatschools.org.

Add your voice to the conversation…

Have you been pressured to send a compromising picture to someone?  Add your voice to the conversation by sharing tips to others about saying no to the pressure on social media.  Tag us and use hashtags #hrhniMAD #justsayno #youmad #nosexting.  You can also talk with us using our Contact Us page or leave a reply on this article.


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