Legal aspects

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... to correct teenage delinquent behaviour. The Sexto project has been developed in accordance with the principles of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). It meets the needs of teenagers and helps foster their development. It also takes into account the interests of victims and promotes accountability through measures that offer positive prospects, as well as rehabilitation and social reintegration.


In Canadian criminal law, sexting among teenagers can be a form of child pornography. By adopting this behaviour, teenagers may be committing a number of criminal offences. In fact, young people between the ages of 12 and 17 are subject to criminal prosecution under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Since the perpetrators are under 18 years of age, any photos or videos that these young people take of themselves or of each other may correspond to the definition of child pornography. This is the case, in particular, if the young people seen in the pictures appear naked or are shown engaging in sexual activities.



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