Credit: Getty Images. Adolescent women feel intense pressure to send sexual images to men, but they lack the tools to cope with their concerns and the potential consequences, according to new research. Sexting, or sending nude or semi-nude sexually suggestive images or messages to others, is a reality for an estimated 15 to 25 percent of teens growing up today. Though some research points to sexting as a potentially low-risk way to explore sexuality, it also is associated with increased risk of ostracism, depression, and suicide. Thomas explored the challenges teenagers have while debating whether to send photos and the problems that can surface when they do. She also wanted to know how teen girls handled unwanted requests for the images. After analyzing self-reported stories posted to the anonymous online platform AThinLine. Young women were concerned about the repercussions of sending pictures, but those worries were overshadowed by more immediate day-to-day pressures, such as wanting the relationship, promises of love and trustworthiness, persistent requests, anger, harassment, and threats. In fact, the most common reaction was to ask WSID?
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One year-old girl was charged with exploitation and faced a lifetime on a sex offenders register. Teenagers who are 'sexting' each other with intimate selfies may be liable to face adult sex charges. The teen in question, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, US, sent a nude photograph of herself via text to her boyfriend, who was also 16 at the time. Read more: I sent my boyfriend sexy selfies and now he's being charged for possessing child porn, says devastated year-old. She was charged with two felony sex crimes against herself - listed as both the underage victim and the adult perpetrator of the crime of sexual exploitation of a minor. The charges were second-degree exploitation for taking the image and third-degree exploitation for having the photo in her possession. Although a conviction would mean life on the sex offenders register and jail time, she has negotiated a plea bargain which should see her record cleared next year, according to the Fayetteville Observer. Psychologist Jeff Temple of the University of Texas Medical Branch has been researching the ramifications of criminalising teens for sexting selfies. He said of applying the same measures across the country: "You're talking about millions of kids being charged with child pornography.
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A teenage boy in North Carolina has been prosecuted for having nude pictures of himself on his own mobile phone. The young man, who is now 17 but was 16 at the time the photos were discovered, had to strike a plea deal to avoid potentially going to jail and being registered as a sex offender. Experts condemned the case as ludicrous. The boy was, however, punished by the courts, and had to agree to be subject to warrantless searches by law enforcement for a year, in addition to other penalties. The young man was also named in the media and suffered a suspension as quarterback of his high school football team while the case was being resolved. Cormega Copening, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was prosecuted as an adult under federal child pornography felony laws, for sexually exploiting a minor. The minor was himself. Copening was charged with four counts of making and possessing images of himself and one count of possessing a naked image of his year-old girlfriend. His girlfriend, Brianna Denson, took a plea deal after being prosecuted on similar charges for having naked, suggestive pictures of herself on her cellphone. While the pictures were technically illegal, actual sex would not be — the age of consent for sexual intercourse in North Carolina is