VT moves to reduce sexting charges

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  1. quagmire macrumors 603

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    Vermont has moved to prevent teens who "sext" their BF/GF to be put on the sex offenders list. On MSNBC at least has caused such an uproar. Saying it is inappropriate for teens to do this.

    Frankly, I don't see the issue with sexting. I can believe the argument of kids not being mature enough to do it as seen with the 18 year old girl killing herself because she was harassed due to her BF wanted to be a prick and wanted to show his friends what he was tapping, but to say it is inappropriate? That is BS. This country has turned the human body into something that is inappropriate and should be hidden and where sex is worse then violence and murder.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30224261/
     
  2. maestro55 macrumors 68030

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    This certainly opens up new doors. The bottom line though is if someone underage shares photos of THEMSELVES they should not be charged with anything. Where is the crime? It would be one thing if the boy took photos of his girlfriend with her consent but them published them online without her consent. And that opens up new doors. However, if a girl texts nude photos of herself to her boyfriend, how is that any different then the two of them having sex? Would they be registered as sex offenders if they had sex since they were both minors? I highly doubt it. I am not talking about whether or not she should or should not take photos of herself, frankly I do not care. What I do care is when the government tries to tell her that if she does she is a criminal.
     
  3. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    I think the problem would be if someone else other than the boyfriend got a hold of the pictures.

    I don't know about this. The whole thing is a grey area to me.
     
  4. maestro55 macrumors 68030

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    If someone else got a hold of the photos, shouldn't that person be charged? Certainly if that person was over the age of 18. The girl sent the pictures to her boyfriend or whoever and meant to do so. If the person she sent them to is over 18 and he knew she was underage than he would be the responsible one. VT has the right idea, you can't think that children go through the same analytical processes that adults should go through regarding such things. And you can't hold it against a 15 year old girl and possibly ruin her life if she makes choices that aren't the smartest and does something relatively harmless to anyone but herself.
     
  5. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    I don't have a problem with sexting, and I absolutely think that it is ridiculous to charge a teen with child pornography for having a naked picture of their BF/GF.

    I do think that people should get in trouble for giving the pictures to anyone that they weren't intended for though.

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