Love, sex, the Internet and the law can interact in complex ways. The Reward Foundation can help you understand what the law means for you and your family. Here is an interesting TEDx talk, Sex, Porn and Manhood by American law professor and mother, Warren Binford who joins the dots.
Technology makes the creation and transmission of sexually arousing images available to anyone with a smartphone, including any child. The rise in the reporting of sex crime and the ‘zero tolerance’ approach by the police and prosecution service have resulted in a record number of cases being prosecuted. Child-on-child sexual abuse is particularly high.
In the UK, a person possessing sexually arousing images of children (anyone under 18 years) can be charged with a sexual offence. This includes at one end of the spectrum, adults motivated to seek sexual contact with children through to teenagers making and sending naked or semi-naked ‘selfies’ to potential love interests, and their possession of such images.
In this section on the law The Reward Foundation explores the following issues:
- Age Verification Conference Report
- Age of consent
- What is consent in law?
- Consent and teenagers
- What is consent in practice?
- Who does the sexting?
- Sexting under the law of Scotland
- Sexting under the law of England and Wales
- Revenge porn
- The rise in sex crime
- The porn industry
- Webcam sex
We also provide a range of Resources to support your understanding of these issues.
This is a general guide to the law and does not constitute legal advice.