"Nowadays, people are spending more time on their cell phone than having face-to-face interactions; the use of short-hand text and emojis have become a customary style of communication, " said Val Senegal. 

"Nowadays, people are spending more time on their cell phone than having face-to-face interactions; the use of short-hand text and emojis have become a customary style of communication, " said 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 a prevalent problem amongst young adults, especially females. These actions result in violations of Louisiana's sextingcyberbullying and 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 negative effects 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.
  2. Monitor their activity and use two party authentication settings for their accounts.
  3. Screen their friends and followers by deleting/unfollowing the ones who post inappropriate content, blocking those you do not want them interacting with online, and reporting any type of abuse that's done on video or is shown in a picture. 
  4. Have conversations about the consequences of using cell phones and social media inappropriately.
  5. Educate them on Louisiana's sexual assault laws, such as sexting, child pornography, computer-aided solicitation of a minor and cyberbullying; then explain how violating the law results in criminal charges and other serious consequences.
  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 

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 Social Media Movement to end sexual abuse online

hashtag #NowMatterL8R ...  

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

  • #NowMattersL8R is designed to address sexual abuse online and on college campuses around Acadiana. The hashtag adds to existing social media conversations to raise awareness, educate girls & women, decrease the number of sexual abuse cases in our area, and effect social changes in our community. People need to know the actions of sexually abusive behaviors are not supported nor promoted by our community regardless of what they think society tells them.
  • Know your Title IX rights as a college student.                 
  • For more information on this project or to host an event on your college campus, please contact the Education Director: 

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

 

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