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Dating abuse hotline: 866-331-9474

Textual Harassment can be a serious issue. It is not okay for someone to harass and pressure you through text messages.

Is someone’s texting getting to be excessive?

When someone feels the need to “check in” by constantly texting it can be frustrating, and difficult to deal with. We don’t like hurting people’s feelings but it is also important to set healthy boundaries and stand up for ourselves. There are ways you can talk about this with your partner without being rude. Consider explaining to your partner that you enjoy hearing from them, but you are feeling a little uncomfortable with their texts. You can simply ask for a little space. Remember, if they are using texts to try and control, manipulate or threaten you these are warning signs to abuse.

Feeling pressured to sext?

Unfortunately, some people use intimidation, control, and manipulation to get nude or private pictures. Sometimes pictures end up being shared and going public without permission. If someone is making you feel uncomfortable or pressured, trust your feelings that it’s not okay. Remember it’s not your fault, and you are not alone. Know you have the right to have your privacy and boundaries respected.

The bottom line is – sexting is a bad idea. In the age of smart phones and Twitter, it’s easier than you think for compromising pictures to spread around your community. Phones can be stolen, accounts can be hacked, and pictures can be shared. It’s much better to be safe than sorry when it comes to sexting!

We do not and cannot provide legal advice, but you should be aware that some U.S. teens have been threatened with criminal charges for sending pictures of themselves to others. If you need help, contact the National Dating Abuse Helpline at www.loveisrespect.org and at 1-866-331-9474 (1-866-331-8453 TTY)

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