By Kayla Brantley For Dailymail. While peer pressure is a normal part of the teenage experience, a new study revealed just how hard it is for girls to say 'no' when pushed by a boy to send nude pictures. Researchers from Northwestern University analyzed nearly accounts from teenage girls who described being pressured from boys and found that two-thirds were asked to send explicit photos in exchange for affection. However, the findings show that the promise of affection turned to threats and harassment from boys if they did not comply, leading to 20 percent of the girls aged 12 to 18 giving in and sending nude photos. None of the young women reported feeling 'relief' or 'benefit' from sending the photos and instead their compliance brought on negative self-esteem and fear of the photos being distributed. Only 12 of the accounts revealed no negative backlash from saying 'no' to boys' requests, prompting a reoccurring cry for help by the girls who shared their stories with the question: 'What should I do? Teen girls are pressureed from boys to send nude pictures and then face threats and harassment if they refuse, according to research from Northwestern University [file image]. Researchers analyzed comments posted from to on MTV's website A Thin Line , a site aimed at stopping the spread of sexual abuse in the form of sexting and cyberbullying. The comments revealed the confusion and internal battle teen girls experienced when asked to send nude photos and the different tactics boys used to coerce the girls into sending them.
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Then she sent the full-length frontal photo to Isaiah, her new boyfriend. They broke up soon after. In less than 24 hours, the effect was as if Margarite, 14, had sauntered naked down the hallways of the four middle schools in this racially and economically diverse suburb of the state capital, Olympia. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of students had received her photo and forwarded it. In short order, students would be handcuffed and humiliated, parents mortified and lessons learned at a harsh cost. Only then would the community try to turn the fiasco into an opportunity to educate.