"I was wondering if its still considered child pornography if your 14?"
i was wondering if its still considered child pornography if your 14.. and if something like this was put online by someone who was a teenager also (16) would it still be illegal?? i might make another post in the future about this.. but i need this cleared up
Answer from counsellor
From your emoticon, I get the suspicion that you are not just asking your question for the sake of curiosity but you are actually dealing with a situation where someone has placed images of you online, is my presumption correct? I hope the following information will help you decide how to proceed, to take your power back and get on the road to feeling good about yourself again. It sounds like you really want some clear and accurate information, so I'm going to give you the information as best I can...that being said, everyone's situation can be different and when it comes to laws things can be confusing, so I encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns, OK? Sexual pictures /videos of people under 18 years old, or who look like they are under 18 years old, is child pornography. Canadian law is most concerned with distribution of sexual messages/images without consent (sharing of sexual messages/images without consent, such as by forwarding to friends, posting online, or even showing people the image on their phone). Consent means to agree to something.[My Spidey senses are telling me that you did not agree to have images of you posted online]. The law in Canada is clear the age of consent for sexual activity/sexting is 16. That having been said a 14 or 15 year old can consent to sexual activity or sexting with a partner who is LESS THAN 5 years older than them, where there is no relationship of trust, authority, or dependence Currently, there are no specific laws in Canada that criminalizes teen sexting, however, there are two conditions; first, that messages/images must be sent between two consenting parties. What that means is, both people need to voluntarily (self-chosen), chose to engage in sexting without being threatened, blackmailed, or coerced into sexting. Does that make sense? Sending messages/images is all part of normal sexual exploration.Second, images have to stay PRIVATE between you and your partner (messages/images are not shared or distributed by the person who receives them to someone else who was never supposed to see them). You have the right to consent so in your case sending the images to your partner or another person, and then WITHDRAW YOUR CONSENT to sexting at anytime. The moment you withdraw your consent it is their responsibility to respect your wishes. If s/he doesnt you are perfectly within your rights to go to the authorities. To quote an old saying, NO MEANS NO, even if you are talking about posted images. If images have been posted of you, know that you are not helpless In fact, Id like to suggest that you can actually claim some personal power back by reporting the poster to the authorities. You can do this by contacting cybertip.ca they are a national tip line for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. They can also help with getting images removed. A second option is going to the police. I wonder, do you have a SAFE/TRUSTED ADULT (parents, other relatives, friends parent(s), doctor, clergy, guidance counsellor, social worker, therapist etc. that you would feel comfortable talking to about this issue? frootlooped, you are very brave to contact us with your issue. If you do not feel comfortable talking to an adult in your life I would like to invite you to give us a call if you would like to talk about this or any other subject. A counsellor can be reached 24/7/365 by Live Chat kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/AskUsOnline/Chat-counselling.aspx OR by calling 1-800-668-6868. We are 100% anonymous and confidential. Remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE.