“Sexting” Consent

We’ve all heard of informed consent.

What about “sexting consent?” That is, a texted consent to willingly engage in sex.

CNN Op-Ed Says College Men Need Text-Message Proof They Didn’t Rape

College men should have their sexual partners send them a text message before they get down to business to avoid a false rape charge, according to Roxanne Jones, a former vice president at ESPN.

Never have sex with a girl unless she’s sent you a text that proves the sexual relationship is consensual beforehand. And it’s a good idea to even follow up any sexual encounter with a tasteful text message saying how you both enjoyed being with one another — even if you never plan on hooking up again.


Here’s Roxanne Jones’ article:

Young men, get a ‘yes’ text before sex

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, each year about 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. And those are only the cases that are actually reported.

I’ve actually been encouraging my son and his friends to use sexting — minus the lewd photos — to protect themselves from being wrongly accused of rape. Because just as damning text messages and Facebook posts helped convict the high-schoolers in Steubenville of rape, technology can also be used to prove innocence.


To say the piece has generated some controversy is an understatement.

What are your reactions/thoughts?


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