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UK: Children In The UK As Young As 4 Are Being Investigated and Given Criminal Records For Sexting

[inquisitr.com – 12/30/19]

Thousands of children across the United Kingdom — some as young as four years old — have been investigated by the police for “sexting” — that is, consensually sharing sexually explicit images of themselves with each other, The Guardian reports. In some cases, the children have even been given criminal records.

Laws against child pornography have been around for decades, intended to protect children from being sexually exploited and to punish those who would possess such images and/or share them with each other. However, teenagers — and in some cases preadolescent children — have been known to take sexually explicit photos of themselves and send them to each other, effectively making criminals out of them for doing something they don’t fully understand the gravity of.

In the U.S. and parts of Australia, such activity has been explicitly decriminalized, or at the very least is unlikely to be prosecuted in court. This is not the case in England and Wales, however. Taking sexually explicit photos of teenagers and/or children remains a crime there, regardless of the age of the person taking the photos. In fact, law enforcement is zealously prosecuting minors who have taken such pictures.

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  1. SR

    “In the U.S. and parts of Australia, such activity has been explicitly decriminalized, or at the very least is unlikely to be prosecuted in court.”

    It’s quality reporting like this that’s great. Really? Decriminalized and unlikely to be prosecuted? Tell that to the thousands of US teens that are on the registry for this exact thing.

  2. Harry

    There is a fact and most want to deny. Children are human whom are sexual beings. The sad thing the people that want to punish there sexual behaviors have actually engaged in this same behavior when they were kids.

  3. G4Change

    “In the U.S. and parts of Australia, such activity has been explicitly decriminalized, or at the very least is unlikely to be prosecuted in court.”

    Oh, really?!?!?! That’s a load of crap!

    This whole thing is sickening. This is PROOF that none of these laws are intended to actually protect children.

  4. C

    “In the U.S. and parts of Australia, such activity has been explicitly decriminalized, or at the very least is unlikely to be prosecuted in court.”

    I’d call this fake news. WA might have a differing opinion.

    • Will Allen

      I do have a different opinion.

      My main reason for avoiding the phrase “fake news” is because it has been co-opted and used mostly for news which is clearly not fake and the people pushing it as “fake news” are simply lying. That has been the main use of “fake news”. So I would avoid that phrase like the plague. Because when a person says it, I think a majority of people think the person is lying and trying to distract.

      But anyway, about this statement in particular, I’d say it mostly definitely is not fake news. In fact, I expect it is accurate. In the U.S., in some places, “such activity has been explicitly decriminalized”. That’s true. I don’t know about Australia but I’d guess that is true as well. So, all true. Even if 99% of the U.S. still prosecuted such crimes but 1% decriminalized it, that statement would be true. So I’d say it is far from fake news.

  5. Bill

    Here’s what should be said about this:

    We don’t need no education.

    We dont need no thought control.

    No dark sarcasm in the classroom.

    Teachers leave them kids alone.

    HEY! TEACHERS! LEAVE THEM KIDS ALONE!

    All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.

    All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.

    (Thank you Roger Waters…)

    • Nicholas Maietta

      How right this person was. Those lyrics i’ve heard on the Wall albumn and didn’t know it was from someone else. I may have to listen to the albumn over again because it seems like these people knew and saw really waht was going on the society. Just another brick in the wall? I’d say that’s a better phrase to say than “you are just a tool”.

      We as a society are building our own prisons around themselves and the vast majority don’t even realize it.

  6. Bill

    This article has highlighted a rather sad universal truth:

    There’s one group of people that will use and abuse more children than than all the abusers combined.

    This group of people will systemically root children out and subject them to years long abuse and torment for the public to see.

    This group of people will forever demean them and make them feel less than human.

    This group I speak of is the Government or at least the players in there: shallow politicians, arrogant judges, and sadistic law enforcement.

    They are in every nation.

    And every single nation has this problem. Or maybe most of them.

    England in particular has become fascistic in their approach, not to mention sadistic to their children.

    And how ironic is it that it took a Registrant to point that out?

    You government people have to realize how bad you are treating your children when a Registered $ex offender comes out in their defense!

  7. Steve D

    “effectively making criminals out of them for doing something they don’t fully understand the gravity of.”

    Close. But it’s not that the kids don’t understand the gravity of the situation, it’s the prosecution and punishment industry that exaggerates the gravity of the situation.

    • Joe123

      How Traumatizing must it be for someone under the age of 15 to fall into the justice system and be surrounded by cops, see the parents worried etc.? THAT is the real traumatic experience for any human being of any age, let alone someone younger than 15.

  8. Jack

    I don’t really see any of this as being related to hatred of children but rather hatred of women. I get the sense that a lot of the men in power fear the idea of women having unrestricted sexual agency. This is because from what I’ve gathered from the public at large they seem very open to the concept that a boy can consent to sex with an adult woman, and will be adamant that that was the case, even if the boy in question has other sentiments. That said, the part about the 4 year old is sheer lunacy.

  9. David

    Sorry to offend anyone, but I find this hilariously ironic (and moronic)!! The media whip up public hysteria suggesting that sex offenders are everywhere…. hidng in bushes, in schools and churches, maybe even in your home! The public demand that the do-nothing politicians DO SOMETHING!! So lots of new laws are passed! Yay!! Safe at last….until Joan and John Q. Public learn that the police have ID’ed their little Becky and Billy as sex offenders who now have criminal records that will haunt them into eternity and they haven’t even reached puberty!! 🤣🤣🤣 Chalk up another point to “Be careful what you wish for!” 😆🤪

  10. The Vampire

    I said this before! Law makers don’t understand! When they are passing A law. It can definitely destroy young and old people! Even their own families can be harmed by them by not doing any research. They pass laws For votes. Which is f-ing dumb! Putting kids as young as 4 on a list is going over board!!!! I would never want to be voted in to be a law maker. When you have to bow down to some Fat witches too pass laws for!!

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