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Twitter Purge: Warning to parents and teens

Twitter Purge: Warning to parents and teens
July 16, 2014 Kim Goldman

Teenagers that do not fully comprehend the legal ramifications of sending sexually explicit text messages are finding themselves labeled as convicted sex offenders for the rest of their lives. “

twitterWe got wind tonight, of a new twitter account:  SCV_purge1 – that is collecting nude pictures of teens and posting them for all of their followers.  These pictures may be sent directly to the owner of the account or in some cases, ex boyfriends/girlfriends are forwarding as a form of retaliation or revenge.  Regardless of the motive, it’s happening right now … as we speak.  They are up to over 2,000 followers, and they just opened the account today.

The owner of the account is threatening to provide a full list of names of all of the teens being victimized on this twitter feed.  The account is protected, so access is limited.  We have alerted LAPD and Twitter.  We are trying to shut it down but another will pop up, if we don’t do more on our end to educate our kids and our community.

We cannot stress enough how dangerous the internet and social media can be … and how risky it is to engage in any type of “sexting” – not to mention, it is against the law.

We can’t be afraid to have a conversation with our kids about protecting their bodies … having self respect ….the risks of sexting … making good choices … over sharing … and advocating for online safety.

 

Laws Pertaining to Sexting in the State of California

Currently, under California law individuals, regardless of age, who produce, distribute or possess an image of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct are committing a felony. If convicted under the child pornography statutes then an individual could receive up to 6 years in jail and will generally be required to register as a sex offender.

Law and Punishment

In general, the California child pornography statutes provide that:

  • If any person distributes or possesses any obscene matter knowing that the matter depicts a person under the age of 18 years personally engaging in or personally simulating sexual conduct
    • For commercial purposes is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for up to 6 years, or by a fine not exceeding $100,000.
    • For commercial purposes is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for up to 6 years, or by a fine not exceeding $100,000.
    • For exchanging with another person above the age of 18, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for up to 1 year, or by a fine not exceeding $2,000.
    • For exchanging with another person under the age of 18, is guilty of a felony.
  • A person is guilty of sexual exploitation of a child if he or she knowingly develops, duplicates, prints, or exchanges image that depicts a person under the age of 18 years engaged in an act of sexual conduct shall be punished by a fine of not more than $2,000 or by imprisonment in jail for up to 1 year, or by both.
  • If any person produces an image of a minor engaged in sexual acts for commercial purposes is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for up to 6 years, or by a fine not exceeding $100,000.
  • If a person produces an image of a minor engaged in sexual conduct, he or she is guilty of a felony.
  • If found convicted under the child pornography statute a person will generally be required to register as a sex offender.

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