The Sad Effect of Teen Sexting: Jessica Logan Suicide Story

2 11 2013

JesicaLogan, a Cincinnati high school student, sent a nude cell phone photo to her boyfriend. But after their relationship ended, he sent the image to 100 students at four different schools.

Afterward, she endured a barrage of harsh treatment.

“She was harassed. She was called names — filthy names,” said Jessica’s mother Cynthia Logan. “Things are thrown at her. Her reaction to all this was — when she would come home — anger, snapping. And I would ask her what was wrong and she wouldn’t… she wasn’t divulging everything, just that she was having a hard time.”

Jessica tried to combat what was happening to her by speaking out about her personal experience. With her voice disguised and her image obscured, she spoke to a local television station about her ordeal.

“She said to me it was the stupidest thing that she did,” Cynthia Logan said. “She said, ‘I do realize I made a mistake and I wanted to talk to the parents.’ And she started to cry.”

Jessica Logan Commits Suicide

The fallout from her sexting experience proved too much for the 18-year-old to handle. Just two months after her interview with a Cincinnati television station, Cynthia Logan found that her daughter hanged herself in her bedroom in July 2008.

“Sexting” — where a user sends sexually explicit images or messages via text on a cell phone — has parents struggling for a way to address the situation.

“We’re seeing 14, 15 and 16-year-olds and up are very commonly sharing naked pictures or sexual pictures of themselves,” said Internet safety expert Parry Aftab, of Wired Safety. “We’re talking about kids who are too young to wear bras who are posing in them, and then topless and then actually engaged in sex or even in masturbation. So we are seeing a lot of kids who are sexually active.”

“It’s all about immediacy for them, and it’s so much about, they’re building their hormones and sexuality,” said educator Dawn Russell. “It’s so much about getting the opposite sex.”

Aftab is concerned at how widespread the problem of sexting has become.

“We found that 44 percent of the high school boys that we have polled have seen at least one naked picture of a female classmate, and the boys are sharing their pictures too,” Aftab said.

The results of this sexual file sharing can be devastating, as in the case of Jessica Logan.

Now Cynthia Logan has made it her mission to educate people about the dangers of sexting, using her daughter’s tale as an anecdote.

“The challenge is, if you see someone that has a nude photo, you walk up to that person and you say that, ‘You know, why don’t you just delete that photo instead of spreading it?'” she said.

This week, Ohio legislators, with the support of Jessica’s parents, introduced a bill that would make sexting a misdemeanor for minors.
–ABC News


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10 responses

15 10 2015
Anonymous

I feel sorry for Jessica logen going through all of that.
May she rest in peace.

22 11 2014
shinita harrison

its very true now and i want to say its a nice appraoach for the sexting education, i am really touched by Jessica’s story, may her soul rest in perfect peace

12 11 2013
Guichard Mbimba

The boy is a fool. we should get his pic and banned him from any relationship.

12 11 2013
Alex Ohannes

In just about every story like this, it’s the same: it’s the sucidal person’s own fault.

3 11 2013
BenC

It abuse of privacy to spread nude photo of another

2 11 2013
Alica Krmac

It is very sad and challenging topic – how to prevent it in nowdays massive use of gadgets and social networks.

2 11 2013
Editor

Alica Krmac that is the challenge, how to prevent it. I guess by spreading the information to teen, warning them they could get hurt.

2 11 2013
James Sommerville

Yip you should watch what you send , especially pictures which can be later used. Sad and very very tragic incident.

2 11 2013
Ebenezer Boateng Vinking

These Characteristics gives no better results. why should u expose out ur nakedness? its a negative way of life

2 11 2013
Yvette Victorz Hang'umba

Too bad 4 Jessica Logan, i really feel 4 her. May her soul rest in peace!!!

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