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Meanwhile, members of the National Foundation for Women Legislators were on Capitol Hill last week hoping to spur legislative action on teen-dating violence, which Deputy Policy Director Jennifer Rosen described as a related issue.

“I’ve seen some folks try to separate it out legislatively, but the bottom line is sexting is involved in teen-dating violence,” Ms. Rosen said, citing the problem of underage teens involved in abusive relationships.

“When it comes to parents, they don’t even know what to look for. They don’t even realize that their 14-, 15-, 16-year-old has a boyfriend or girlfriend and they’re constantly texting on a cell phone. They don’t realize that maybe that boyfriend is constantly checking in and needs to know where their daughter is at every point of the day,” she said.