“Ruining Kids in Order to Save Them: The boneheaded logic behind treating sexting teens as child pornographers”

Radley Balko writing at Reason Magazine: “There have now been several cases across the country where young people who either pose for, snap, or forward provocative or nude photos of other minors are being charged or threatened with felony child pornography . . . These cases are the natural culmination of two trends. The first is the continuing view among politicians that there’s no punishment too severe for sex offenders. Moreover, to show how serious we are about sex offenders, we should broaden the class of people we classify under the label . . . The second trend is the ‘for the children’ excuse that no law ought to be questioned if its intent is to protect young people. The resulting paternalism is built in.”

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