Friday, October 17, 2014

Hanna Rosin for the Atlantic in Louisa Virginia: Why Kids Sext

As the new school year began, few people attended an evening community meeting on teen sexting held by Rusty McGuire, Louisa County’s main prosecutor.
A MUST Read!

Why Kids Sext
An inquiry into one recent scandal reveals how kids think about sexting—and what parents and police should do about it.
By Hanna Rosin

It was late on a school night, so Jennifer’s kids were already asleep when she got a phone call from a friend of her 15-year-old daughter, Jasmine. “Jasmine is on a Web page and she’s naked.” Jennifer woke Jasmine, and throughout the night, the two of them kept getting texts from Jasmine’s friends with screenshots of the Instagram account. It looked like a porn site—shot after shot of naked girls—only these were real teens, not grown women in pigtails. Jennifer recognized some of them from Jasmine’s high school. And there, in the first row, was her daughter, “just standing there, with her arms down by her sides,” Jennifer told me. “There were all these girls with their butts cocked, making pouty lips, pushing their boobs up, doing porny shots, and you’re thinking, Where did they pick this up? And then there was Jasmine in a fuzzy picture looking awkward.” (The names of all the kids and parents in this story have been changed to protect their privacy.) You couldn’t easily identify her, because the picture was pretty dark, but the connection had been made anyway. “OMG no f‑ing way that’s Jasmine,” someone had commented under her picture.  

Radley Balko on the Current Feeding Frenzy Against John Grisham: “If someone who has done as much as Grisham has for criminal justice reform can be torn down for this, there isn’t much incentive for anyone to speak openly and honestly about difficult issues anymore”

In the last 24 hours I have posted the articles of outrage (see the post below this one) against John Grisham and I have watched and read the on-line posts by National Child Advocacy Organization PROTECT (that lobbies here in Virginia every GA session) and the comments of their “supporters” and/or “followers”  of hate, ignorance, vindictiveness, assumptions, accusations and threats against John Grisham and/or his statements on how the US  charges, sentences, imprisons and labels Americans for possession of child pornography. The uproar and commentaries have not been a surprise to me as a public advocate for reform of the registry but they are still extremely disappointing. The on-line mob-mentality has taken over and Mr. Grisham was forced to apologize to save his career and name as an author and as an advocate for criminal justice.
Mr. Balko has once again written a factual piece, not emotional and I wanted to be sure to share it here with all of you.


In defense of John Grisham, October 16, 2014
By Radley Balko 

The Internet is enjoying a good piling on right now at the expense of author John Grisham. In an interview with the Telegraph, Grisham talked about over-incarceration in America. As part of that discussion, Grisham also mentioned that he thinks the laws and sentences for viewing or possessing child pornography are excessive. Cue the Internet outrage machine.