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Colorado victims’ advocates, prosecutors reach compromise on teen sexting penalties

“We’re in support of the amendments and we think that this is a really positive, incremental shift forward,” said Raana Simmons, policy director for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault. “Like many of the stakeholders in the process, you don’t get everything you want. But it’s a workable path.”

Simmons said her organization still has concerns about consensual sexting being unlawful since it could further victimize teens who agree to share nude images only to have them posted without their permission.

“We’re just going to keep an eye on it,” she said. “We think that, overall, this really protects survivors from being criminalized.”


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