Policing Youth Sexting in Ireland

Arthur, Raymond (2019) Policing Youth Sexting in Ireland. Irish Journal of Family Law, 22 (3). pp. 66-68. ISSN 1393-7073

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Because child pornography laws in Ireland do not distinguish consensual teenage sexting from child pornography, when Irish teenagers engage in sexting behaviour they potentially expose both the sender and receiver of youth sexting to the risk of criminal prosecution and classification as a sex offender. This article will consider the extent to which Irish young people consensually create and share sexual imagery and will draw upon international research to examine young people’s motivations for engaging in this behaviour. In light of this I will consider the state of current legal responses to the practice of consensual sexting amongst teenagers and recommend a reconsideration of the criminal law to acknowledge that for young people consensual sexting may represent self-fulfilment, self-actualization, sexual exploration and private mutual enjoyment. The article will argue that the focus of the law should be on challenging coercive and unauthorised production and distribution of sexual images of children while also acknowledging young people’s agency in sexual matters.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child sex offences; Disclosure of private sexual photographs and films; Ireland; Young persons
Subjects: M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2019 10:33
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 14:48
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40869

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