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Previous research finds that…

  • In a survey of over 2,000 young people aged 13 to 18 years:
    • Almost half reported having sent a sexual picture or video of themselves to another party, while two-thirds had received a sexual image.
    • Sexting was prevalent among all age groups, with 13 to 15 year olds particularly likely to receive sexual images.
    • Sexting was prominent among homosexual and bisexual respondents.
    • Most sexting occurred between partners in committed relationships (Lee et al. 2015)
  • In overseas research the gendered dynamics of sexting was found to occur in the context of a ‘gendered double standard’ (Dobson & Ringrose, 2013; Albury et al. 2015). Young women and girls generally have more to lose when ‘consensual’ sexting goes wrong, and are more likely to feel pressured or coerced into sending an image.

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