Safety and Education for Today’s Technology Central MN Sexual Assault Center Overview: •CMSAC’s services •Stats of Sexual Assault •Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment •Advancing Technology •Sexting- legal consequences •Internet •Social Networking Sites CMSAC 15 Riverside Drive NE St. Cloud, MN 56304 (320) 251-4357 1-800-237-HELP www.cmsac.org Services: •24 hour crisis line •Medical, LE, Legal advocacy •1:1 support •Support groups •Referrals •Resources •Prevention education •Emergency Financial Assistance Serving Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Wright Counties Stats •1 in 3-5 females •1 in 7-10 males Before their th 18 Birthday!! Sexual Assault vs Sexual Harassment •Touching •Groping •Oral, Vaginal, Anal Penetration Sexual Assault Schools workplace •Explicit photos •Obscene Jokes •Name-calling •Solicitation/pressure •“Sexting” Sexual Harassment Advancing Technology •4 out of 5 teens carry a cell phone! (www.cbsnews.com) Internet Text/Chat Music Videos Games Calendar Upload Photos How far technology has come…. Cell phones vital to teens’ identities •Social status •Popularity 47% of teens state their social life would worsen or end without a cell phone! Preferred Contact Methods: •Text: 54% •Call (cell phone) 38% •Face to face 33% •Landline phone 30% •Social Network Site 25% •Instant message 24% •Email 11% (www.pewresearch.org) The Texting Epidemic… •72-88% of teen cell phone users are texters •1 in 3 teens 1,000 + texts/day •Boys 30/day •Girls 80/day (www.pewresearch.org) “Sexting” Sending, uploading, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit videos or photos. (National Child Safety Council) Stats 2009 survey by the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy… •20% of teens admit to sexting (www.knowledgebase.findlaw.com) 1 in 5 teens reported having sent a sexually suggestive image or message. (www.netsmartz.org) Famous Sexting Scandals…. Effects of the sexting scandals… •Divorce •Media Scrutiny •DV •Loss of sponsorship •Sex rehab •Fines •Emotional/Psychological Pain WHY SEXT??? •Pressure •Gain popularity/fame •Be funny, joke around •Prove commitment to a significant other •Impress someone •Money •Response to a sexual message IT’S NOT WORTH IT!!! Don’t make decisions with out thinking about how your future may be affected. Think of how quickly information can be spread via cell phones/internet! It’s also not worth it because of the…. Legal Consequences •Opening a sexually explicit photo from a minor CHILD PORN CHARGES •Minors sending sexually explicit messages may face PRODUCING, POSSESSING, DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORN CHARGES Felony Child Pornography Charges: •Lifetime SO Registry •Prison Time •Fines •Serious Reputation Damage Felony: •365+ days in jail/prison •$3,000 minimum fine •Both *Nearly impossible to find employment/ housing as a SO. In The News… Police Investigate Sexting At Chambersburg High School Police: Upwards Of 30 Students Possibly Involved “Last week, eight Perry County teens were charged with child pornography for allegedly recording sex acts on their cell phones and sending them to others.” 5 Va. students charged with sexting “Five Virginia high school students have been charged with felony counts related to cell phone-transmitted pornographic images, officials said…. …The most recent charges stem from a female student at Franklin County High School taking a male student's phone into a bathroom to take pictures of herself, the Times reported.” Lacey, Washington: Teens face felony charges for Sexting http://espanol.video.yahoo.com/watch/6875741/17886433 In the News… This year in Wisconsin, a 17-year-old was charged with possessing child pornography after he posted naked pictures of his 16-year-old exgirlfriend online. In Alabama, authorities arrested four middle-school students for exchanging nude photos of themselves. In Rochester, N.Y., a 16-year-old boy is now facing up to seven years in prison for forwarding a nude photo of a 15-year-old girlfriend to his friends. ‘Sexting’ surprise: Teens face child porn charges 6 Pa. high school students busted after sharing nude photos via cell phones In an unusual legal case arising from the increasingly popular practice known as “sexting,” six Pennsylvania high school students are facing child pornography charges after three teenage girls allegedly took nude or semi-nude photos of themselves and shared them with male classmates via their cell phones. The female students at Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg, Pa., all 14or 15-years-old, face charges of manufacturing, disseminating or possessing child pornography while the boys, who are 16 and 17, face charges of possession, according to WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, which published the story on its Web site on Tuesday. Police told the station that the photos were discovered in October, after school officials seized a cell phone from a male student who was using it in violation of school rules and found a nude photo of a classmate on it. Police were called in and their investigation led them to other phones containing more photos, it said. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28679588/ns/technology_and_sciencetech_and_gadgets/ Example: Jane takes a nude photo of her self and sends it to John. John forwards the image to Tim, and Tim opens the image. Jane production/distribution John possession/distribution Tim possession Other Consequences… •Social repercussions •Being judged •Excluded by peers, families •Targets of rumors •Harassment •Embarrassment •Disappointment The image may follow a person forever, damaging academic, social and employment opportunities. How can I protect myself? •NEVER take or send sexually suggestive photos. Once you send something via electronic devices…it is NO LONGER PRIVATE. •THINK about the message BEFORE you press send. You could be creating a reputation you CANNOT escape. How can I protect myself? •Consider the victims. Many suffer humiliation, depression, and some even attempt suicide. •Don’t let anyone pressure you into sexting. •Repot any sexts you receive to a trusted adult. Don’t delete the message, it could be evidence in a criminal investigation. How can I protect myself? •MAKE IT STOP. If someone doesn’t stop sending you explicit photos, block their number from your cell phone. Social Networking Sites (SNS) SNS Pros and Cons + Create online communities + Ways for people to express themselves + Keep in contact with friends/family + Share pics, videos, personal updates, etc. -Gives easy access to online predators -You never know who is on the other side of the computer screen -Display personal info. Safety Tips for SNS… •DO NOT post full name, address, phone # •Do not post info. that easily identifies you •Be careful when updating statuses IE “places” app on FB Safety Tips for SNS… •Only post info you are comfortable with others seeing. Many people can see your page! (parents, teachers, the college you want to apply to in a couple years, the job you might want to apply to in 5 years, etc.) •Look into the site’s privacy Settings •Be wary if a strange person adds you as a friend •Be wary if a new online friend wants to meet in person. Remember…. Once you post something online you can never take it back. •Re-consider before you post a photo. It can be altered and broadcasted in ways you may not be happy about. •TRUST YOUR GUT if you have suspicions. You could prevent someone else from being a victim. Questions/Comments?