According to a study done by Northwestern University more than two-thirds of girls ages 12 through 18 say they had been the victims of peer pressure sexting.
Many girls find themselves pressured to send images to guys who ask. In a sexualized world it seems the default choice is always set on whatever’s more taboo. But the choice to send a nude image from one’s smart phone is hardly about a sexual experience- it’s about trusting that the image sent won’t end up on the screen of someone able to cause pain for the sender.
The most common thing that happens with sexting is the infamous break up. Boy likes girl – boy asks girl for pic- girl sends pic – relationship sours – and they break up. And the revenge game begins – and often the pics are send as blackmail – or sometimes even sextortion -when someone uses something, like pics, to force another person to do inappropriate things.
But what about peer pressure sexting? Is it possible that one can feel the pressure to send nude images from those around them, regardless of dating, sexuality, and the birds and bees? Could a friend bring the pressure? How about a group of friends? We know media is already doing this – right?
If you’ve ever sent a pic, or been pressured to do so, you may be feeling like the world’s closing in. But this is your life- and making a choice to show someone something as intimate as your body can really damage the core of one’s identity – like a piece of your heart is stolen.
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