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Internet sexual offenses in California

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2023 | Sex Offenses

In today’s digital age, the internet has become a platform where various types of criminal activities can occur, including sexual offenses. Sadly, RAINN reported that people get sexually assaulted every 68 seconds in the United States, whether in person or online. In California, laws are in place to address and penalize internet sexual offenses, which have become more prevalent with the increased use of online platforms.

As an internet user, understanding these offenses is important to stay informed and protect yourself. Internet sexual offenses cover a wide range of illegal activities that people perpetrate using digital technology and online platforms.

Online solicitation of a minor

One of the most serious internet sexual offenses is the online solicitation of a minor. This occurs when an adult uses the internet to communicate with a minor with the intent of engaging in sexual conduct. This can include conversations through social media, chat rooms or instant messaging apps.

Distribution or possession of child pornography

The distribution, possession or production of child pornography is a severe crime. This involves any material that depicts minors in sexual situations, and it is illegal to either create, distribute or possess such content. With the internet, the spread and accessibility of such materials have increased, making it a significant concern for law enforcement.

Revenge porn

Revenge porn involves distributing sexually explicit images or videos of someone without their consent, often by former partners. It is illegal to share such materials online as a form of revenge or harassment.

Sexting with a minor

Sexting, or sending sexually explicit messages or images via electronic means, becomes a criminal offense when it involves a minor. Adults who engage in sexting with minors can face criminal charges.

Being aware of these offenses is important for protecting yourself and others from becoming victims. Remember, these activities carry serious legal consequences and can have lasting impacts on all involved. Stay informed and cautious while navigating the digital world.