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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Article on Sexting

Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D., who is the director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use recently wrote an article on sexting which lawyers and researchers may find of great interest. A pdf version of this article, which spans 23 pages is available here. The article's introduction provides:

The term “sexting” is a combination of two terms “text” and “sex.” The term is being applied to
situations to sending self-created nude or semi-nude sexually provocative images or sexually
explicit text. Most of the focus has been on sending nude images - because these are far more
likely to be more widely disseminated and because the distribution of these images can place
young people at higher risk.2
This document will outline the research findings about this phenomena, discuss the concerns
about current degree of overreaction, address legal issues, and provide recommendations for
changes in criminal statutes and for the establishment of an effective multidisciplinary approach
to investigate and intervene in these situations.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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