I watched the video post on The Sextortion of Amanda Todd and it was a struggle to get through the whole video. When thinking about blackmailers and cappers on the Internet, I have always pictured creepy 50 and 60 year old men who have nothing better to do with their lives. Hearing that the IP address they tracked lead them to the computer of a 21-year-old boy who was victimizing 63 girls all over Canada and the U.K. made my heart sink. I once had a girl I went to school with deal with this same issue. She was lonely and when a boy from her class had reached out to her and started talking to her she opened up to him. This resulted in her texting a picture of her breasts to him and him sending it around to all of his friends. Living in the small community that we do, everyone who had a cell phone in our school had received the picture but the next morning and without knowing she walked into the school doors as the laughing stalk of the school. I would be lying to say I know what these girls are going through, but I know what it’s like to have that attention on you and to feel special. It’s like an addiction. As a young teenage girl who has never been talked to before the way these guys are talking to her it’s no wonder she did what she did. These men are con artists at what they do. They know all the tricks in the book and always know exactly what to say which makes opening up to them so easy even if you know it’s wrong.
I wish I could give all the teenage girls out there some magical advice that would change their minds or be able to tell them how truly special and beautiful they are but that’s not possible so I’ll end with this; you have years and years ahead of you in life and thousands of boys who would die to meet you, live your life as a teenager because you have many years ahead for you to grow up. ❤