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The Houston Lawyer Guest Article: Sextual Frustration: Why the Law Needs to Catch Up to Teenagers' Texts
Meghaan C. McElroy
Today's youth has introduced a new word into the American vocabulary - "sexting." The media-driven term combines "sex" and "texting" to describe the practice of teens sending sexually suggestive text messages or nude or semi-nude photographs either of themselves or of other teens by cell phone or email. Of course, while sexting is not unique to teenagers, the focus of the news media has been on the prevalence of this phenomenon among teens and the prosecution of teens engaging in sexting on charges of child pornography. The fixation on this behavior among teenagers highlights the concerns surrounding teenage sexting, especially the legal quagmire for addressing these alleged crimes.
Excerpt from The Houston Lawyer, November/December 2010. To view the full article, click here.