Faced with a growing scourge of intimate images of adolescents that can spread at breakneck speeds not only in school settings, but also on social networks, the authorities have taken great measures to quickly put an end to such situations not only harmful, but also criminal.
Share November 7, 2020 3:00 a.m. Updated at 6:00 a.m. Share Propagation of sexting: the SQ is taking great measures
René-Charles Quirion La Tribune Faced with a growing scourge of intimate images of adolescents that can spread at dizzying speeds not only in schools, but also on social networks, the authorities have taken great measures to put an end quickly to such situations not only harmful, but also criminal.
In less than four days, a situation that is reported by a victim is taken care of by the school environment, processed by the police and analyzed by the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) as part of the SEXTO project. An information and prevention process is also and above all carried out with the adolescents involved and their parents.
“Sexting is the exchange of intimate images between two people. This exchange can be done on impulse, without thinking about it, but it can also be done maliciously. Action must be rapid to limit the damage to adolescents, ”explains the coordinator of the communications and prevention service at the Sûreté du Québec, Benoit Richard.
The SEXTO project aims to make young people and their families aware of the physical, psychological, emotional, social and legal consequences of this exchange of intimate images.
“When it comes to an exchange between adolescents, these images constitute child pornography. Under the SEXTO program, we do not treat the whistleblower as a suspect, but as a victim. The very fast processing time is aimed at stopping action. In four days, the school worker, the parents and of course the teenager involved are met, ”explains Me Maxime Ouellette, who is part of the project coordination team for the DPCP.
Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Times, Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116