Arlington, VA (Vocus) December 4, 2009
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) shared tips in response to the tragic news of a teen suicide due to sexting – the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones and other mobile devices.
NCPC says it heart goes out to the family of Hope Witsell, a teen who recently committed suicide after months of turmoil stemming from a semi-nude photo sent to a prospective boyfriend but shared among students at more than two local schools in Florida.
Roughly, 20 percent of teens admit to sexting, according to recent nationwide survey. NCPC, the organization best known for McGruff the Crime Dog, developed two online reproducible brochures to help parents and teens learn about sexting and how to prevent it.
For more information about sexting, or to schedule an interview, please contact Michelle Boykins at 202-261-4184 or Amy Vimislicky at 202-261-4156. For information on the National Crime Prevention Council, please visit http://www.ncpc.org.
About the National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to be the nation’s leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. NCPC manages public service advertising under the National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign—symbolized by McGruff the Crime Dog® and his “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®” slogan—and acts as secretariat for the Crime Prevention Coalition of America, more than 400 national, federal, state, and local organizations representing thousands of constituents who are committed to preventing crime. NCPC is funded through a variety of government agencies, corporate and private foundations, and donations from private individuals.
For more information on crime prevention issues, visit http://www.ncpc.org.
For Further Information:
Michelle Boykins, 202-261-4184
mboykins (at) ncpc.org
Amy Vimislicky, 202-261-4156
avimislicky (at) ncpc.org