"The use of social media and cellphones has become more and more prevalent among people of all ages, and with these conventions we see more sexual abuse online occuring among all demographics of our community," reports Val Senegal. 

"The use of social media and cellphones has become more and more prevalent among people of all ages, and with these conventions we see more sexual abuse online occuring among all demographics of our community," reports Val Senegal. 

#NowMattersL8R 

Today, almost every person has a cellphone and social media account- Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Sending, posting and sharing nude pictures & sexually explicit videos have become an increasingly problematic issue for schools and law enforcements. These acts contribute to violations of Louisiana's sextingcyberbullying and/or other sexual abuse laws. However, in an over-sexualized society, many people have become desensitized to the issue of online sexual victimization. People don't realize until it's too late that their negative actions online today can have very serious consequences later. To decrease sexual abuse online amongst school-aged children, parents should:

  1. Know their child's passwords to their email, social media accounts & cellphones and monitor their activity.
  2. Use two-party authentication settings for their social media accounts.
  3. Screen their friends and followers by deleting/unfollowing the ones who post inappropriate content, blocking those you do not want your children interacting with online, and reporting any type of abuse that's done on social media. 
  4. Have conversations about the consequences of inappropriate cell phone and social media use. Learn about Title IX for schools & universities.
  5. Educate them on Louisiana's sexual assault laws, such as sexting, child pornography, computer-aided solicitation of a minor and cyberbullying; ignorance of the law is never a good excuse and violation of the law results in criminal charges.
  6. Visit Cyber Tipline
    This website is a means for reporting crimes against children including: child pornography, child prostitution, child molestation, and child sexual exploitation.
  7. Get a copy of the #NowMattersL8R: What parents need to know to protect their child from social media sexual abuse brochure by contacting us HERE 
 

HERE'S the STATS:

1 in 25 girls received an online sexual solicitation in which the solicitor tried to make offline contact.

Predators see youth as being vulnerable to seduction- those with histories of sexual/physical abuse, those who post sexually provocative photos/videos online, and those who talk about sex with unknown people online.

The most common first encounter of a predator with an internet-initiated sex crimes victim took place in an online chat room or social media messenger- 76%.

15% of cell-owning teens (12–17) say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.

72% of teenagers and young adults believe that digital abuse is something that should be addressed by society.


Stand up; speak up! Join the ACADIANA Social Media Movement to end sexual abuse online

hashtag #NowMatterL8R ...  

... because WHAT WE DO NOW, MATTERS LATER.

      

Please contact the Education Director for more information: 

Val Senegal, MA val.senegal@theheartsofhope.org or via Facebook

 

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