Police presentations about topics like sexting, or drugs and alcohol do so much damage. They do not follow ANY best practices centres in equipping young people to make informed decisions that prevent harm. I worked with teens in a sexual health program for many years. When we talked about digital communication and “sexting” they would tell horror stories about police presentations that shamed girls and women for sharing images of themselves, used scare tactics about how they would never be able to get those images back. They would refer to even consensually sending an image of yourself as “child pornography”.  Instead of hearing about the nuances of consent, respecting someone’s bodily autonomy, and other helpful messaging that promotes consensual behaviour; the message was basically “this is illegal, you will be caught.” In all of this victim blaming, they would also be referred to their SRO if they needed help- total gaslighting.

Health Educator

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