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Flood of sexual harassment claims seen boosting efforts to outlaw …

An avalanche of claims of sexual harassment, assault and rape by hugely influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have surfaced.  AFP picAn avalanche of claims of sexual harassment, assault and rape by hugely influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have surfaced. — AFP picNEW YORK, Oct 18 — The torrent of stories of sexual harassment and assault in the wake of claims about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein could help propel campaigns to make sextortion illegal, according to activists trying to change laws in the United States.

Sextortion – a form of extortion that involves sexual acts or images as its currency — is not recognised by criminal laws in many US states and victims often have little or no recourse, experts say.

The headlines, social media and watercooler conversations prompted by the Weinstein case are “incredibly powerful” in illustrating the extent of the problem, said Jennifer

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Flood of sexual harassment claims seen boosting efforts to outlaw sextortion

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The torrent of stories of sexual harassment and assault in the wake of claims about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein could help propel campaigns to make sextortion illegal, according to activists trying to change laws in the United States.

Sextortion – a form of extortion that involves sexual acts or images as its currency – is not recognized by criminal laws in many U.S. states and victims often have little or no recourse, experts say.

The headlines, social media and watercooler conversations prompted by the Weinstein case are “incredibly powerful” in illustrating the extent of the problem, said Jennifer Becker, senior staff attorney with Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, that works to combat sextortion.

Using hashtag #MeToo, tens of thousands of women have gone to Twitter and Facebook to recount experiences of being verbally abused, groped, molested and raped by bosses,

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-women-sexcrimes-sextortion/flood-of-sexual-harassment-claims-seen-boosting-efforts-to-outlaw-sextortion-idUSKBN1CM3B7

Flood of sexual harassment claims seen boosting efforts to outlaw …

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The torrent of stories of sexual harassment and assault in the wake of claims about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein could help propel campaigns to make sextortion illegal, according to activists trying to change laws in the United States.

Sextortion – a form of extortion that involves sexual acts or images as its currency – is not recognized by criminal laws in many U.S. states and victims often have little or no recourse, experts say.

The headlines, social media and watercooler conversations prompted by the Weinstein case are “incredibly powerful” in illustrating the extent of the problem, said Jennifer Becker, senior staff attorney with Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, that works to combat sextortion.

Using hashtag #MeToo, tens of thousands of women have gone to Twitter and Facebook to recount experiences of being verbally abused, groped, molested and raped by bosses,

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-women-sexcrimes-sextortion/flood-of-sexual-harassment-claims-seen-boosting-efforts-to-outlaw-sextortion-idUSKBN1CM3B7

Flood of sexual harassment claims seen boosting efforts to outlaw sextortion (VIDEO)

An avalanche of claims of sexual harassment, assault and rape by hugely influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have surfaced.  AFP picAn avalanche of claims of sexual harassment, assault and rape by hugely influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have surfaced. — AFP picNEW YORK, Oct 18 — The torrent of stories of sexual harassment and assault in the wake of claims about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein could help propel campaigns to make sextortion illegal, according to activists trying to change laws in the United States.

Sextortion – a form of extortion that involves sexual acts or images as its currency — is not recognised by criminal laws in many US states and victims often have little or no recourse, experts say.

The headlines, social media and watercooler conversations prompted by the Weinstein case are “incredibly powerful” in illustrating the extent of the problem, said Jennifer

Read more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/showbiz/article/flood-of-sexual-harassment-claims-seen-boosting-efforts-to-outlaw-sextortio

Flood Of Sexual Harassment Claims Seen Boosting Efforts To Outlaw Sextortion

New York:  The torrent of stories of sexual harassment and assault in the wake of claims about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein could help propel campaigns to make sextortion illegal, according to activists trying to change laws in the United States.

Sextortion – a form of extortion that involves sexual acts or images as its currency – is not recognized by criminal laws in many U.S. states and victims often have little or no recourse, experts say.

The headlines, social media and watercooler conversations prompted by the Weinstein case are “incredibly powerful” in illustrating the extent of the problem, said Jennifer Becker, senior staff attorney with Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, that works to combat sextortion.

Using hashtag #MeToo, tens of

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How a New Breed of Predator Is Extorting Victims Online

Heather knew there were adults on the Internet who preyed on kids, and she regularly warned her own four children about the dangers of talking to strangers online. Yet the 37-year-old married mom from Phoenix never thought she would ever fall victim to a growing Internet crime known as sextortion.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) classifies sextortion as a form of online blackmail in which explicit images are used to extort additional photos, sexual favors, and sometimes money from victims. It can involve hacking into a victim’s computer or “catfishing” — where predators lure unsuspecting victims into online relationships and coerce them into sharing nude photos or videos. A 2016 report from the Brookings Institute found that sextortion is on

Read more at: https://www.allure.com/story/online-predators-blackmail-sextortion-victims-explicit-images

Sextortion: How a New Breed of Predator Exploits Victims Through Their Own Computers

Heather knew there were adults on the Internet who preyed on kids, and she regularly warned her own four children about the dangers of talking to strangers online. Yet the 37-year-old married mom from Phoenix never thought she would ever fall victim to a growing Internet crime known as sextortion.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) classifies sextortion as a form of online blackmail in which explicit images are used to extort additional photos, sexual favors, and sometimes money from victims. It can involve hacking into a victim’s computer or “catfishing” — where predators lure unsuspecting victims into online relationships and coerce them into sharing nude photos or videos. A 2016 report from the Brookings Institute found that sextortion is on

Read more at: https://www.allure.com/story/online-predators-blackmail-sextortion-victims-explicit-images

FBI Says Chehalis District Was Warned of ‘Concern’ for Students in ‘Sextortion’ Case

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is challenging a statement from the Chehalis School District that cited a directive from the FBI as the reason the district didn’t take action to separate a boy from the estimated 20 classmates who were among the dozens of victims he allegedly solicited illicit photos from and extorted. 

“An FBI agent on multiple occasions emphasized concern for the safety of all students involved and recommended the school follow its applicable district policies for such matters,” according to a statement from the FBI sent to The Chronicle Thursday from Public Affairs Officer Ayn Dietrich-Williams. “The FBI did not provide any specific instruction on how the school should proceed, aside from advising that the school take the measures it deemed appropriate to keep students safe.”

A 16-year-old Chehalis boy is currently facing charges in Lewis County Juvenile Court including first-degree dealing in depictions

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How Shay Mitchell Teamed Up with Ashton Kutcher to Fight Sexual Harassment Online

Sexual exploitation can take place in a variety of ways — but in the digital age, it’s largely happening via computer and phones screen in the form of “sextortion.”

Never heard of the term? Well, Shay Mitchell can explain. The Pretty Little Liars actress recently teamed up with Thorn, a nonprofit organization cofounded by Ashton Kutcher dedicated to building technology to defend kids from sexual abuse.

In an animated PSA video narrated by Mitchell, a cat character breaks down the term sextortion, which is a cybercrime that relies on victims feeling too ashamed to ask for help when an abuser threatens to distribute their intimate images — a huge problem among teens today.

“Okay, so you did a thing,” Mitchell says in a voiceover. “You sent a picture of yourself with no clothes on — something you thought wouldn’t be shared.”

“Seemed like a good

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Sextortion: How to keep your kid’s safe

COLUMBUS, Ga. —  The FBI says “sextortion” is the fastest growing crime against children on the internet. Police and counselors have advice for parents.

They say now is the time to talk with your children about it no matter how uncomfortable it may be.

Only five states, including Alabama, have made sextortion a stand alone crime but it occurs all across the country.

“It does go on and it goes on right here in Columbus,” Columbus Police Special Victims Unit Lt. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick said.

Lt. Dent-Fitzpatrick told me it starts when a child sends a pornographic image or video and snowballs from there. Here’s what an online predator may say:

‘”Hey if you don’t continue to do this, I’m going to expose what you’ve shown me to the rest of the world,’” Lt. Dent-Fitzpatrick said.

At that point, the child feels trapped.

“They’re ashamed of what they’ve done and they don’t want to have to explain this to their

Read more at: http://wrbl.com/2017/10/10/sextortion-how-to-keep-your-kids-safe/