Sunday, 9 December 2012

Sexting Inquiry

When iphones and ipads were developed no one thought that young people would use them to send sexy photos of themselves. There is no specific law that deal with sexting so a number of young people have been caught up in charges of child pornography and have then been placed on the Sex Offender Register.   This legislation and the Register were created to deal with paedophiles and people who create child abuse material for profit not teenagers sending a photo of themselves to their boyfriend or girlfriend. The child pornography provisions of the Crimes Act 1858 need to be amended to allow for consensual sexting. 
Whatever we might think of it as a practice it is common and almost seen as part of the dating ritual.  The law needs to be able to distinguish between the deliberate creation of child pornography and the voluntary and consensual exchange of images between young people.

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