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Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Snapchat: It’s Time To Take This App Seriously

It’s time for Snapchat to take sexting, cyberbullying, and sexual exploitation on its app seriously.

January 26, 2018

Within the last decade, cyberbullying has emerged as a pernicious new form of bullying that breaks the spirits of our nation’s children. It has been deemed a public health issue[1] and is a matter of serious concern to our organization.

We are especially concerned by evidence which shows that some cyberbullying activity involves sexual harassment and coercion. It is our view that much of the activity referred to under the guise of “sexting” actually […]

2020-04-19T13:55:55+00:00April 18th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

Sexual Exploitation during the COVID-19 Epidemic

The sex trade is fundamentally predatory.

Systems of sexual exploitation (e.g. strip clubs, illicit massage parlors, legal brothels, online prostitution websites, etc.) operate using a business model that feeds off of people’s vulnerabilities and traumatic events such as childhood sexual abuse, child sex trafficking, child neglect, sexual abuse within the foster care system, homelessness, and economic insecurity. These adverse experiences are often compounded by additional marginalization and vulnerabilities created by young age, racial and gender discrimination, learning disabilities, and/or immigrant or indigenous minority status. Pimps (the functional equivalents of sex traffickers) and sex buyers exploit these vulnerabilities for their personal gain—pimps […]

2020-04-09T03:06:34+00:00April 9th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

NOT CANCELLED

POEM TO THE FREE TEENS FAMILY IN THE MIST OF A PANDEMIC

LoveSmarts.org/FreeTeensYouth.org – NOT CANCELLED

SPEAKING WITH FREE TEENS MEMBERS AND STAFF – NOT CANCELLED

COMMUNICATING AND TALKING WITH FAMILY – NOT CANCELLED

SINGING, LAUGHING, STUDYING, READING – NOT CANCELLED

MAKING GOOD DECISIONS – NOT CANCELLED

PRAYING AND MEDITATING – NOT CANCELLED

A MESSAGE OF LOVE AND SOLIDARITY AND HOPE NEVER CANCELLED!

From the PATERSON COOL KIDS Free Teens Club

2020-03-25T11:16:06+00:00March 24th, 2020|Teens Write, News Articles|0 Comments

Teen: “I started watching PORN in 2nd Grade”

Teen: "I started watching PORN in 2nd Grade" - Free Teens Youth - Changing Minds, Transforming LivesTestimony courtesy of Jackie Brewton

“Before you came, I was addicted to watching porn and I never told anyone. Not my parents, not even my friends.

I started watching it at an early age and I started because of a game called Minecraft. I was downloading the game and an ad popped up on the screen and it was a porn ad of people having sex, and this was a kid’s game with a porn ad.

I got curious and I started watching. I clicked and clicked and I found out what masturbation was […]

2020-03-24T09:28:20+00:00March 21st, 2020|News Articles, Teens Talk|0 Comments

5 Things You Can Do to Ensure Your Children are Safe Online During Quarantine

National Center on Sexual Exploitation, March 17, 2020

COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2. Call it what you want, but the novel coronavirus is all anyone is talking about anymore. The COVID-19 health pandemic has closed schools, cancelled most activities, and isolated most everyone at home all at once. In the midst of the social distancing, self-isolation, quarantines, and lockdowns, we’re all feeling some cabin fever and parents, in particular, may be feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of eight weeks of time with their children home from school unexpectedly.

Now more than ever, kids and teens will be spending extra time online via phones, tablets, laptops, […]

2020-03-21T00:41:08+00:00March 21st, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

World’s biggest porn site under fire over rape and abuse videos

Petition highlighting failure of Pornhub to protect rape and revenge porn victims has attracted over 350,000 signatures

Opinion: Pornhub needs to change – or shut down
Harriet Grant, The Guardian, March 9, 2020

An online petition accusing Pornhub, the UK’s biggest open access porn site, from profiting from videos of rape and sexual abuse has reached over 350,000 signatures.

Pornhub is the world’s biggest porn site and was visited 42bn times last year. It is free to access, with no age restrictions, and raises revenue through advertising and paid-for promotions by porn producers.

The serious allegations levied against Pornhub owner Mindgeek centre on the […]

2020-03-14T18:39:03+00:00March 14th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

No mainstream entity should profit from or facilitate sexual exploitation.

Unfortunately, many well-established brands, companies, and organizations in America do just that. Since 2013, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has published an annual Dirty Dozen List to name and shame the mainstream players in America that perpetuate sexual exploitation—whether that be through pornography, prostitution, sexual objectification, sexual violence and/or sex trafficking.

The Dirty Dozen List is an activism tool that gives back power to individuals who want a voice in the culture. People can participate by taking easy online actions, from sending emails to sharing social media messages.

In today’s world, corporations drive our culture. They influence how people communicate, how […]

2020-03-07T13:17:46+00:00March 7th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

Review of “Comprehensive” School-Based Sex Ed Finds INCREASES in Sexual Activity

A global research review of school-based “comprehensive sex education” programs that emphasize condom use and use of contraceptives as primary strategies recommended to youth found very little effectiveness from these programs and instead found increased sexual activity.

The review, conducted by the Institute for Research & Evaluation and published in the Institute of Law and Medicine in January, examined 60 studies of 40 school-based comprehensive sex education programs in the U.S. as well as 43 studies of 39 programs in other countries.

The review found “little evidence that [comprehensive sex education] programs are effective at producing positive impact on their participants” and […]

2020-03-11T02:33:29+00:00February 29th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

They were young. They thought they had time. Then they nearly died of liver disease.

Editor’s Note: According to the National Institutes of Health, 9 out of 10 adults who are alcoholic or alcohol dependent STARTED DRINKING AT AGE 20 OR YOUNGER, AS TEENAGERS.

By Shari Rudavsky (IndyStar)

INDIANAPOLIS – Although Rachel Martin would never deny she had a drinking problem, she figured years would pass before it would take a toll on her health. After all, she had not yet hit 40 and she had managed to eke out two years of complete sobriety about a decade ago.

Even when she was drinking, she would hit the bottle hard […]

2020-02-22T04:39:19+00:00February 21st, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments