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The Truth: Sexting Is Dangerous For Teens


"I was a normal girl."

She's just 16 years old but thousands, maybe millions, have watched her online in a sex video. "You see my whole body, everything," said the 16-year-old, who wants to hide her identity.

She said a video changed her life, and left her entire family desperate for help. They decided to tell their story hoping other teenagers listen, before it's too late. "It was between her and one person, but now her face, her body, is all over the United Sates and you can't get rid of it," said the girl's mother.

The story begins three years ago, when the girl was 13-years-old. She says her boyfriend begged her to take her clothes off, and shoot a video of herself in her bedroom. Then he told her to upload the video online, to a secret account, that only he could see. "He had my user name and password to my account, so he just logged on."

The girl said no one else, including her mother, knew about the video until she got a call from one of her friends that she was the talk of the school and the video was out. "I didn't know if I wanted to cry or run in my room and just scream, I didn't know what to do," the girl said.

School became so tough she said she could barely face it, with kids whispering about her in the halls, ridiculing her, and more. "I got kicked off the cheer team because of this. They said I violated the sexual code of conduct," the girl said.

"The only advice they gave me was to keep her out of school for a week or two and see if everything would slow down and it would be fine. They didn't do anything. It just kept going and going, it never stopped," the girl's mother said.

They believe a student at school hacked into her secret account, copied the video, and the video spread like wildfire, to other schools, even across the country and now, years later, internationally, to porn sites in China. The video is considered child pornography, and downloading it, or even just having a copy is against the law.

"It was just 2 minutes out of my time, and those 2 minutes ruined my life," the girl said.

But no matter how hard she tries, experts say, it could follow her for the rest of her life. "I don't know anyone who can say with absolute certainty that because we've eliminated all known versions of it out there now, doesn't mean it won't pop up again tomorrow," said Scott Shagin, an attorney who specializes in digital media.

He says this story should be a lesson to us all, but the lesson isn't just about videos, it's about every single thing you post online. "Privacy protections are eroding, and your past can come back to haunt you in ways that just a generation ago didn't exist," Shagin says.

"I'm not angry with her. What she did she did. It's done, it's over with. She was a child, life goes on. I'm angry at the fact that somebody had the nerve to take something personal of hers and spread it everywhere," the girl's mother said.

The family has now hired attorney Stephanie Ovadia. "It's difficult to stop this cancer, because that's what it's become," Ovadia said. "I can not believe this happened to my child," the mother said.

Now she spends her days writing letters to porn sites, letting them know they're exposing a child, and just hoping they take it down, "until it's gone. If it takes the rest of my life, then it will take the rest of my life," the girl's mother said.

"I didn't think anything like this could happen to me," the girl said.

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