The disgraced former congressman has acknowledged he communicated online with a girl who accused him of sending sexually explicit messages, but he said he’s also been the subject of a hoax.
An online news outlet, Daily Mail.com, on Wednesday published an interview with the 15-year-old girl, who said the online text and video exchanges, including Skype chats in which Weiner asked her to undress and touch herself, went on for several months this year.
Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 after revelations he was sending sexually explicit messages to multiple women, issued a statement Wednesday apologizing but not directly addressing the issue of whether he had engaged in chats with the girl.“I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgment about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent.
If a guy and a girl are in love, instead of saying it face to face, they can say it through technology.” (18-year-old guy from Brooklyn) Sending nude or otherwise provocative images of yourself online or through your cell phone is called “sexting.” Over the last several years this issue has received more and more press, due largely to more publicized cases involving politicians, athletes, and celebrities. Again, the older they get, the more prevalent it is.
A number of surveys have been done on the subject of sexting. What percentage of young people have received sext messages?
According to the Adolescent Health Survey, which surveyed 23,000 high school students in the Boston area, students who have had sexual intercourse are five times more likely than virgins to be involved in sexting.
According to the National Campaign survey, the most common reason why a teen sends or posts a sext is to be “fun/flirtatious” (63% of sexters).