Having a Sexual Photo Shared Without Permission and Associated Health Risks: A Snapshot of Nonconsensual Sexting | Adolescent Medicine | JAMA Pediatrics | JAMA Network
[Skip to Navigation]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 35.170.64.36. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
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. 2020;174(6):618-619. 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.

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.

Limit 200 characters
Limit 25 characters
Conflicts of Interest Disclosure

Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.

Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.

Err on the side of full disclosure.

If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.

Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.

Limit 140 characters
Limit 3600 characters or approximately 600 words
    ×