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HBO Euphoria

HBO’s Euphoria Claims “Nudes are the Currency of Love” and Promotes Other Sexually Exploitive Themes

HBO is an American premium cable television network that has a long history of consistently producing content which normalizes rape myths, sexual violence, and commercial sexual exploitation through sexually exploitive depictions of sex and sexual violence. This has been displayed over the years through shows like Game of Thrones and The Deuce. After being named…

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Pornography and Sexting Led to This Girl’s Extortion

A 14-year-old girl named “Mia” was excited when she started dating a boy who told her he was 19. She had always been a little insecure, and being able to talk to her friends at school about this cute older boy she met at the movie theater made her feel special. He showered her with…

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Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Snapchat: It’s Time To Take This App Seriously

It’s time for Snapchat to take sexting, cyberbullying, and sexual exploitation on its app seriously. Within the last decade, cyberbullying has emerged as a pernicious new form of bullying that breaks the spirits of our nation’s children. It has been deemed a public health issue[1] and is a matter of serious concern to our organization….

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Psychologist Says Teens Need to Stop Asking for Nude Texts

Sexting is a serious and growing problem for teenagers in the digital age. New research from Northwestern University researchers indicates it is especially harmful to young women who often face intense pressure, usually from their male peers, to send explicit photos of themselves. The study found that more than two-thirds of girls between ages 12…

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KCRG-TV9: In Iowa, ‘sexting’ could lead to felony charge

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — When it comes to teens “sexting” some of the newest data out there suggests it isn’t only common, it may be likely that teens are sending sexually explicit pictures and messages to one another. An undergrad survey from Drexel University in 2014 found more than half of the respondents admitted…

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Anthony Weiner’s Predatory Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Former New York Congressman and notorious pornography and sex addict Anthony Weiner today was sentenced to 21 months in prison for child sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old girl. Weiner allegedly sent his victim pornographic videos and requested nude photos. He also asked the girl for sexual performance videos. This is not just a ‘sexting’ scandal or a…

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Victory! Snapchat Improved its Policy on Graphic, Risqué Stories

Snapchat stories are finally starting to listen to its concerned users. This Monday Snapchat updated its guidelines for Discover publishers to discourage click bait. It announced that Snapchat will give publishers a tool in February that allows them to age-gate content, or stop minors from seeing specific content. Snapchat Discover is a section of that…

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Podcast Episode: Does Sexting Make You Vulnerable to Exploitation?

Sexting, the sending of nude or explicit messages through texts, social media, or apps, is a serious social pressure in today’s culture. The eighth episode of the “Sexploitation?” podcast addresses the prevalence of sexting among teens and young adults, and it’s impact on sexual exploitation. One recent survey released found that 66% of teens and young adults have…

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Snapchat “Discover” is Not Safe For Work or Children

[Trigger Warning: titles of explicit and offensive articles found on Snapchat Discover are included in this blog.] Snapchat rates itself as appropriate for ages 12+ for infrequent mild sexual content and nudity, and for infrequent mild mature suggestive themes. But, I’m not sure if Snapchat knows the meaning of the words “infrequent” and “mild.” I…

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SNAPCHAT + SNAPCASH: A Powerful Combination Ripe for Sexploitation

By: Irene Neumann Snapchat is an increasingly popular messaging and photo sharing application for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. How it works and what it does is part of the reason for the app’s success. Its premise is simple: photos or videos that are sent to a recipient can be viewed only for the number…

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