People seem to take pictures constantly these days. Those are often shared on social media or in private messages to friends. But, there’s a point when certain pictures become a problem.
Sexually explicit pictures are sometimes shared between people. This isn’t illegal as long as the recipient, sender, and subject are all adults. It becomes an issue if any of those parties isn’t actually an adult.
Definition of child pornography
Child pornography is any image that contains someone who’s underage depicting a sexual act or fetish. Even if an underage person sends images to another underage person, there can still be legal ramifications. It’s always best to avoid exchanging these photos or videos without confirming that the person isn’t underage.
Revenge using sexually explicit images
Nobody should ever share sexually explicit images with others, including posting them online, without the permission of the person in the photo. Sometimes, people do this to get back at someone if a relationship ends or they don’t like the person any longer.
Age plays a role
People in their late teens sometimes have relationships that include one person who’s technically an adult and one who’s still legally a minor. Sharing sexually explicit images in these relationships is sometimes problematic, so it might be best to avoid them completely until both parties are adults.
People who are facing criminal charges because of sexting or selfies should ensure they learn their rights. Sex-related convictions can have a major impact on your future, so be sure to consider all the options you have before you settle on one.