Is the real problem that she was exposed to the image of a penis before her 18th birthday?
Are you coming to bed?
I can't. This is important.
Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD
Was sexting to blame here? No. The bullying that she received and her own emotional issues caused her death. However, the sexting was a poor choice and learning how to protect oneself is key. It is not her fault, or the sexting's fault that she killed herself. But she did something very unsafe and stupid that others took advantage of. The issue is safety.It's a stupid and pointless thing to do, and it often has negative consequences. And those negative consequences are increased with turning it from a stupid decision to a moral panic. Imagine some naive 13-year-old girl, in a moment of stupidity, took a picture of her private parts with her cell and sent them to a guy she liked. Imagine then that the asshole who received these pictures then sent it to all of his friends, who sent it to all of their friends, until the whole school was aware of these pictures. This is bad enough, and the result of her stupidity; something she should have been warned about, and should learn from. Now imagine that instead of pressing charges against the boy for distributing child pornography (which is exactly what it is), authorities instead turn their attention to the GIRL. Not only is she being called a whore by her school-aged peers, but her school suspends her, her parents ground her, and adults around her in general, instead of providing comfort from her asshole peers, seem to blame the whole thing on her and punish her even further. What would such a girl do? For the girl that this actually happened to, the answer was hanging herself: ‚€˜Sexting‚€™ bullying cited in teen girl‚€™s suicide - TODAY People
And disgustingly enough, people are still blaming her death on sexting itself, as if it was justified to punish her for doing something whose only harm is that it is self-punishing.
"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.