Oct 12, 2012

The Sext Files: Can young people consent to explicit videos?

In the Macedon Ranges, the local response to young people sexting as been to seek clarity and education, writes Swinburne University student Sandra Di Francesco.

An alliance representing local police, councils, schools and health bodies has called on the Victorian Parliament to create new categories of s-xting offences to recognise the difference between consensual and non-consensual behaviour.

The Macedon Ranges Local Safety Committee, representing several service groups in the region northwest of Melbourne, says laws need to be changed to avoid “confusion about the appropriateness, legality and prevention of s-xting.” The group says the laws should mirror those for other types of s-xual behaviour, so that there is greater recognition that s-xting can occur voluntarily. The submission says it is “particularly problematic” that the term s-xting is used to describe “both the consensual s-x act as well as the s-xual violation.” It makes the point that “there is no other s-x act we do this with.”

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