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Oct 10, 2012

The Sext Files: the youth mobile craze that has lawyers worried

It's easy to condemn explicit texting -- but the victims may not be who you think. Crikey and Swinburne University journalism students today begin a new series into the issue. Andrew Dodd and Ken Haley explain.

Ten years ago s-xting wasn’t even a word. Now it is such a difficult issue that at least one of our state parliaments is agonising over what to do about it.

S-xting is the practice of taking explicit images and sending them electronically, with or without consent. You’d think the ethics of explicit texting would be simple; the risk of exploitation and victimisation is so great that the practice should simply be deplored. But a look at some of the 60 submissions to the Victorian Law Reform Committee’s inquiry reveals this phenomena is anything but simple.

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