Sexting is a term derived from the words sex and text. It is to exchange sexually explicit text messages, photographs, and videos. Sexting has become common among youth and most prevalent among teens and young adults. It is done via digital devices like computers, mobile phones, etc.
In the era of the Internet, when social media has become widely available among the public, sexting is now a common practice. This is to derive a sexual connection between known and unknown people using social media platforms like what’s App, Messenger, Viber, etc. Studies say, 15% of teens have done sexting while 27% of teens have received sexts.
In most places, sexting is legal when adults are involved. Then when is sexting illegal? Sexting is illegal when it comes to child pornography and when minor people are involved in sexting. This means it is considered a crime when sexually provocative content is sent, exchanged, received from, or to anyone below the age of 17. Also, if an adult gets involved in sharing content that is sexually abusive for a child to, or from people below the age of 17 you can get charged under serious criminal offense.
What Are The Consequences Of Sexting With Minors?
Depending on the seriousness of the crime, you would be charged with a fine or you would be sent to prison for a significant period of time. When the case is defenseless and a minor is involved, the prosecutors mostly award the maximum penalty to the guilty. However, the punishment would depend upon the severity of the crime and the law varies from state to state.
Sex offenders who have done illegal sexting need to register themselves on the registry besides fines and imprisonment. The local law enforcement must have all the details about the sex offenders like fingerprints, name of the accused, vehicle details, address, crime committed, employment information, and many more.
This information remains public and this is a big shame for a person as his reputation and societal position get shattered. Also, you will face problems in getting a good job, moving freely in society, or getting all facilities that normal people enjoy.
Why Is Sexting Illegal And Risky?
Apart from the criminal charges, sexting can have many negative impacts. Your private photos or videos may get leaked. You may get into porn sites. And these can lead to cyber bully and harassment. Thus sexting is discouraged, especially to young people who aren’t aware of the negative consequences.