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The FBI has busted an online porn operation that lured teenage girls from across the country, including one Oakland County girl who authorities say was tricked into posing nude on a webcam for men pretending to be teenage boys.
Among those who sexually exploited her, the FBI says, was a married father of two children from New York who had numerous explicit conversations with the girl when she was 14.
In the United States each year, about 4,600 people between 10 and 24 years old take their own lives, and many more survive suicide attempts, according to the U. In one study Montgomery's team reviewed, 59 percent of young people said they had researched suicide online, and 80 percent of those who had carried out particularly violent acts of self-harm said they had researched self-harm online beforehand.
Another study showed that out of nearly 300 posts, 9 percent were about methods of self-harm, and users swapped tips in chat rooms on how to conceal the behavior.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Detroit federal court Monday, the now 16-year-old Oakland County girl interviewed with the FBI in June and explained how the online scam worked.
As the FBI would learn, court records show, the man behind the operation was the married father from Binghamton, N.
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While some adolescents used the forums to congratulate one another for not cutting and provided emotional support for one another, no evidence suggested the support translated into reduced levels of self-harm.
Cyber-bullying was found to make victims more likely to self-harm, and one study suggested online bullying put both victims and perpetrators at higher risk of attempted suicide.
"What it really means to me is, there are significant positives and significant negatives that come with the Internet. Phil., professor, psycho-social intervention, Center for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford, Oxford, England; Matthew Lorber, M.
We just need to see how to maximize the positives and minimize the negatives."Copyright © 2013 Health Day. D., acting director, child and adolescent psychiatry, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Oct.