- finding a way to view sharing as being actually positive: “When a girl’s sext gets shared, it shows other girls the risks”
- denying the harm of sharing: “Sharing sexts is so common, nobody cares about it”
- shifting responsibility away from themselves: “If I share a text with just one person and then he shares it with others, it isn’t really my fault”
- blaming the victim: “A girl shouldn’t be surprised if her sexts get shared after a breakup.”
Half (53%) of youth in the top third of moral disengagement scores have shared a sext, a sixth (17%) of those in the middle third have, and one in ten (11%) of those in the bottom third have – an effect that was the same for both boys and young men as it was for girls and young women.