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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.
We pooled data from 4 large urban school districts participating in the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which included an optional question assessing exposure to nonconsensual sexting. Each site’s data were weighted and then combined, yielding a representative sample of ninth- through twelfth-grade public high school students across sites. More information regarding YRBS methods can be found elsewhere.3 Each of these school districts reviewed and approved the YRBS using their local procedures. The national YRBS has been reviewed and approved by an institutional review board at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data used in this study were approved by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as research not involving identifiable human subjects. Consent of parents was obtained according to local procedures; in addition, all student participation was anonymous and voluntary.
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Pampati S, Lowry R, Moreno MA, Rasberry CN, Steiner RJ. Having a Sexual Photo Shared Without Permission and Associated Health Risks: A Snapshot of Nonconsensual Sexting. JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(6):618–619. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0028
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