Friday, November 15, 2013

NJ - Online teen 'revenge porn' on rise, prosecutors tell Union County schools

Revenge Porn
Original Article

11/14/2013

By Sergio Bichao

Teen couples have been breaking up for generations. But social networking has warped the timeless high school heartbreak into a dangerous new X-rated form.

It’s called “revenge porn,” where jilted lovers make public sexual images that were meant to be private — sort of like celebrity sex tapes, except these involve boys and girls as young as 12.

Law enforcement officials in Union County say the problem is on the rise in Central Jersey.

Many consider New Jersey on the forefront of addressing school bullying since a 2011 law passed in response to the 2010 suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, whose roommate, Dharun Ravi, was convicted last year of using a webcam to spy on Clementi during a gay tryst.

But school and law enforcement officials here continue struggling to address the growing trend of teens using technology to spread naked images of themselves, sometimes consensually and sometimes not.

Schools are doing a great job dealing with traditional bullying, but the challenge is cyberbullying” and other invasions of privacy made possible with widespread technology, said Union County Assistant Prosecutor Susan Gleason.

School administrators who already have to prepare for school shooting scenarios and be wise to the latest method of choice for teens looking to get high, now have to be on the lookout for compromising images — technically child pornography — making the rounds in and off their campuses.

It is important because nobody wants to be in that position where they got some report and nobody took it seriously and you’re going to be interviewed after someone commits suicide. That’s my greatest fear,” said Gleason, who participated Thursday morning at Kean University in a Prosecutor’s Office forum for school leaders on this subject. State officials are considering having similar forums in other counties.


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