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"Sextortion": a growing concern for women - and girls 12 and younger

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An uptick in cases of "sextortion" and online child exploitation is gaining the attention of communities, law enforcement and prosecutors, including here in Minnesota.
 The spike of 40% in online cases last year - and the news that a quarter of the victims are 12 years old and younger - prompted St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin to hold a community discussion last night about protecting our kids ... and ourselves.

If you'd like more information about sextortion and online exploitation (including threats to adults like revenge porn), here are some additional links:

There is a whole website dedicated to the topic, including how you can get help, how you can help a friend, and even some tips for adults.

The FBI has a website about it, including resources for schools, victims and friends.

And NetSmartz is an project of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and offers all kinds of resources to help keep kids, tweens and teens stay safe from cyber-bullying, online exploitation and more.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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