Sexting – think before you send

West Yorkshire Police and partners are advising under 16’s of the negative impact either requesting or sharing sexual images can have on their lives and their futures, following increased reporting of the offence.

The new ‘Think before you send’ campaign features advice for victims and messages warning those who request ‘sexual images’ that they are potentially committing criminal offences.

Councils and children safeguarding boards in Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale are supporting the campaign together with Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns Williamson and the Crimestoppers charity.

Police investigated 29 ‘sexting’ style offences reported between May 1 2013 and April 30 2015, all of which involved offenders and victims under 16.

Of those, 26 were reported in 2015 with a number of the offences involving social media applications.

To help combat the issue, authorities have launched a new webpage featuring help and advice for those being pressured to send explicit sexual images:

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