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Research Letter
March 23, 2020

Having a Sexual Photo Shared Without Permission and Associated Health Risks: A Snapshot of Nonconsensual Sexting

Author Affiliations
  • 1Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Division of Adolescent and School Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 3Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison
JAMA Pediatr. Published online March 23, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0028

Sexting (sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages or photos through text messages or other electronic means)1 is an increasingly recognized adolescent health concern. Less is known about nonconsensual sexting, a range of behaviors and experiences including having a sexual photo shared without consent, a form of noncontact sexual violence.2 We examined prevalence of having a sexual photo shared without permission, including variation by demographics, and associations with interpersonal violence experiences, mental health and suicidality, and sexual risk behaviors.

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