Abuse via Technology
- Approximately 1 in 7 (13%) youth Internet users received unwanted sexual solicitations. 
- 9% of youth Internet users had been exposed to distressing sexual material while online. 
- Predators seek youths vulnerable to seduction, including those with histories of sexual or physical abuse, those who post sexually provocative photos/videos online, and those who talk about sex with unknown people online. 
- 1 in 25 youths received an online sexual solicitation in which the solicitor tried to make offline contact. 
- In more than one-quarter (27%) of incidents, solicitors asked youths for sexual photographs of themselves. 
- The most common first encounter of a predator with an Internet-initiated sex crimes victim took place in an online chat room (76%). 16
- In nearly half (47%) of the cases involving an Internet-initiated sex crimes victim, the predator offered gifts or money during the relationship-building phase. 
- Internet-based predators used less deception to befriend their online victims than experts had thought. Only 5% of the predators told their victims that they were in the same age group as the victims. Most offenders told the victims that they were older males seeking sexual relations. 
- 15% of cell-owning teens (12–17) say they have received sexually suggestive nude/seminude images of someone they know via text. 
- Girl laying on the grass looking up at a cell phone
- Of respondents to a survey of juvenile victims of Internet-initiated sex crimes, the majority met the predator willingly face-to-face and 93% of those encounters had included sexual contact. 
- 72% of teenagers and young adults believe that digital abuse is something that should be addressed by society. 
- 11% of teenagers and young adults say they have shared naked pictures of themselves online or via text message. Of those, 26% do not think the person whom they sent the naked pictures to shared them with anyone else. 
- 26% of teenagers and young adults say they have participated in sexting (12 different forms of sexting were examined), a 6% decline since 2011. 
- Nearly 40% of young people in a relationship have experienced at least one form of abuse via technology. A large majority (81%) say they rarely or never feel their significant other uses technology to keep tabs on them too often. 
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