Teens are also likely to become victms of sexual abuse through child pornography.
Often, pedophiles will force teens to pose for inappropriate videos and pictures against their will. Also, many teens will take pictures of themselves with their cell phone, laptop, or camera, and send them to their boyfriends or girlfriends. When the couple breaks up, the scorned party sends out the picture to all of the victim’s peers in order to embarrass her. Regardless of the situation, victimization through child pornography is very traumatic for teens. If a victim is a victim of child pornography, she is re-assaulted, re-victimized, re-embarrassed, and reinjured every time a new person looks at the pornography.
Overall, teens face many adverse consequences to sexual assault. A teen that is sexually assaulted is more likely to engage in risky behavior, more likely to drop out of high school, more likely to be suicidal, and more likely to suffer from teen pregnancy than her peers are. As if this is not enough, 54% of women who are raped after the age of 18 were sexually abused before they turned 18. Thus, a teenaged victim is much more likely than the general population to be a victim of sexual violence again in the future.
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