Issues Of Self Made Pornography

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How should the criminal justice system respond to the issue of self-produced pornography? There are many ways in which the criminal justice system can effectively respond to and address the issue of self-produced pornography, this includes: educating the public especially the younger population/audience, enforcing and implementing new or current laws, and viewing previous research and studies related to this topic. Before explaining each reason thoroughly, one must understand the term "self-produced pornography," which in this century with technologies often is referred to as "sexting." However, sexting is when an individual takes a photo(s) of themself and sends them to someone, such as friends while self-produced pornography is only posted…show more content…
Schools and programs can have assemblies and discuss the intent of people who sext and the consequences of sexting, whether they are minor or severe. The severe consequences of sexting or posting sexually explicit photos online can be psychologically damaging (ex. emotional trauma to the subject of the photo), especially if the distribution of the photo ends up in the wrong hands, or to an unintended audience. It is known that there is a "social disapproval over sexting, which causes many teens to not report such incidents (Terry, 2013, p. 153). Therefore we cannot be sure of how widespread the act of sexting is, in an accurate manner. Findings vary among researchers regarding the actual frequency of sexting as can be seen in numerous…show more content…
Although much of the research on sexual images that involve children are usually focused on the commercial aspect of sexual exploitation of children by mainly adults, there are still studies that examine sexting in a fairly in-depth manner. "A study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (NCPTUP) shows that one in five teens between the ages of 13 and 19 have either sexted explicit images or posted them online" (Terry, 2013, p. 153). The trend of sexting is very prominent among young adults. However, adults also engage in sexting and posting sexually explicit photos online; there have been high-profile cases about it because of the nature of the offense and the popularity of the accused. An example of this would be Anthony Weiner who eventually resigned due to embarrassment resulting from media attention and the public 's

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