Digital dating violence

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The film tells the stories of two high school girls in different parts of the country whose kinship is the result of a common tragedy; both girls were sexually assaulted by boys they thought were friends. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and will appear on Netflix in 2016.At worst, it has led to young people taking their own lives after the dissemination of particularly private and painful acts of violence were captured and spread throughout their digital worlds.

Perpetrators of teen dating violence may also use social media and technology generally to track and monitor victims, to harass and scare victims, to maliciously embarrass and bully victims, to impersonate victims, and in some cases, to recruit or lure victims into dangerous or violent situations.The lack of applicable laws and the difficulty obtaining enforcement of existing laws leaves victims especially vulnerable.In fact, in a recent Supreme Court Case, by 7-2 it was decided that online threats to kill, without actual evidence of the specific intent to threaten, do not violate the federal law.According to an annual survey by Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: The use of social media as a weapon of choice in abusive dating relationships has made personal pain public, pervasive and perpetual.It has, at best, created suffering for victims on a world stage at a time when social connectedness and identity is most important and vulnerable.

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