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January 9, 2013

How Social Media Creates a Modern-Day “Scarlet Letter”

Temitayo is 16 years old and attends high school in New York.

Social media networks can be a great place for friends and classmates to post photos, share links and stay in touch. However, away from the eyes of teachers and parents, social media networks have also turned into a place where bullies can cause more damage than ever.

One form this bullying takes is posting sexually explicit photos of female friends or peers on sites like Facebook, for everyone to see. This so-called “slut-shaming” is intended to embarrass a girl for her sexual conduct, and can make her life difficult at school. Temitayo of Radio Rookies tackled the issue by talking to victims and victimizers in her community.

To listen to the audio version of Temitayo’s story, hit play below.

Caution: This story contains some sexually graphic descriptions.

Temitayo also hosted an online live chat for teens. You can find out more about the chat and other Radio Rookies resources here.

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