In the Durham and Wake County Nude Photos Story, What Matters Is Consent

Feb 22, 2014
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Over the past week, stories have emerged in North Carolina about the existence of nude photos of teenagers posted on Instagram. Cases have been brought to light throughout Wake and Durham counties and police say they’re investigating the “criminally inappropriate use of photographs” on certain Instagram accounts that seem to have been created for the purpose of spreading child pornography.

nude photos of teenagers posted on Instagram
For anyone who knows a teenager and is not in the habit of pretending that teenager lives under a rock, nude selfies are not news. Teenagers have been making the decision to share their bodies with each other forever – sexting is just a new platform for doing that from a distance. But in these cases, their private photographs were shared against their will with a vast online audience.

Unsurprisingly, the bravery the students and their parents showed in coming forward has been met with an onslaught of slut shaming. A lot of that slut shaming has assumed that all the victims were girls, despite news reports that the Instagram accounts included nude photos of girls and boys. Some examples from the comments section (never read the comments section!) include:

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