Sexting is defined as the publication of images that are in conflict with sexual decency and falls under Article 240 of the Dutch Penal Code. Lin McDevitt-Pugh of NETSHEILA, takes a look into the laws and policies put in place to deal with sexting in schools.
Until a decade ago, things could get out of hand with the sharing of sexually explicit images in a way that was harsh and unacceptable, even though age-appropriate. Criminal sexting is a new issue, but the way that violence against women is treated in the law and within institutions is not new. The question is, does the way Dutch institutions deal with sexting encourage mutual respect and equal partnership between girls and boys?

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