Many people who are needing help for the first time are scared and don’t know who or where to call, the 2-1-1 Outreach Specialists connect callers to the help that they need without having to navigate the system.“We help people with everything from emergency food to rental assistance and pretty much anything else, we really are the place to call when you don’t know who to call,” said Stephen Montes, 2-1-1 Call Center Manager.
It opens up the possibility of more people being prosecuted for offences against children." So what difference does this make?
You could be committing a criminal offence next time you discuss your deepest fantasies with someone online. That means it is therefore perfectly possible for the content of online chat, should a jury decide that it is capable of "depraving or corrupting", to be judged "obscene" - and as such for one or both participants in that conversation to be guilty of a criminal offence that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, and a stint on the sex offenders' register.
A ruling slipped out quietly by the Appeal Court earlier this year, and lurking in the background while the substantive case to which it applied came to court, makes it plain: the act of publishing as defined within the Obscene Publications Act can take place with an audience of just one individual.
The confidential SAFEline is available 24/7 at 512.267.
If you are in a safe space to make a phone call, the free, confidential SAFEline can be reached at 512.267. Additionally, SAFE hopes the chat line will help reach youth, who do not frequently contact SAFEline for support by phone.
The OPA, broadly, does not criminalise any specific words or depictions.