MyNotes - Texas Sexting Not Porn for 48 hours

The graphs below highlight the need for paying attention to sexting. The main challenge for some young sexters is that they are branded for life as "pornographers."  This ruins their lives because they then have to explain lots of stuff when applying for college, jobs, etc.

The most important part of the information shared includes the following:
"Now we have a law that’s up-to-date and that’s not going to brand a kid as a sex offender into perpetuity for making a dumb mistake.” The new law will grant exemption from punishment for those who receive a sext and either report or destroy it within 48 hours...
Thank goodness!








My Notes: 


Perry Signs, Abbott Lauds Sexting Bill — Sexting | The Texas Tribune


      • Perry Signs, Abbott Lauds Sexting Bill

           
        • by Beth Brown
      • Prosecutors will be able to punish kids who send explicit photos to each other without resorting to putting them on the sex offender registry, under a bill Attorney GeneralGreg Abbott lauded in a press release today.
        • SB 407, authored by State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, is meant to prevent and hold minors responsible for transmitting sexually explicit messages by establishing educational programs for violators.
          • “Sexting” between minors has historically been categorized as pornography, which means violators face felony convictions and possible registration for life in the Texas Sex Offender Registration program.
            • The new law will grant exemption from punishment for those who receive a sext and either report or destroy it within 48 hours.
              • Abbott said the bill allows prosecutors to “pursue less draconian criminal charges against minors."
                • A 2008 study from the Cyberbullying Research Center estimated that 19 percent of teens had sent a sexually-suggestive electronic picture or video of themselves to someone, and 31 percent had received a nude or semi-nude picture from someone else.
                  • Effective September 1, individuals found sexting could be charged with a misdemeanor and required to enroll in an educational program about sexting’s criminal, emotional and psychological damages, including cyberbullying.


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