SEXTORTION: A GROWING PROBLEM
Of all the disgusting practices that infect our world, none is worse than that of sextortion. The clever wordsmithing belies the nefarious nature of this act. One 17 year old victim recalls her experience in a video chat room, where a man threatened to kill a cat unless she took off her shirt for him. He then threatened to post the video to Facebook if she left the chat room. A survey released online by the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center partnered with nonprofit Thorn aimed to delve deeper into this problem. While it asked for only 150 responses, it received over 1,500. It further found that more than half of the cases of sextortion took place on social networks. The main trouble with identifying who has experienced this trouble is that those who do don’t come forward. They are embarrassed.