Rutgers Suicide: Internet Humiliation Trauma for Teen

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"It really depends on their own ... psychological makeup," Lieberman said. "In the case of most healthy, reasonably well-adjusted people, they'll feel tremendous guilt. The kind of healthy response to that guilt is redemption and trying to make amends: being apologetic and trying to do something with their lives."

However, if they're narcissistic or sociopathic without a well-formed conscience, he predicted they could try to avoid the consequences "by averting blame and minimizing their role in doing this."

Lieberman predicted they would be vilified on campus to some degree. Legally speaking, their futures remain uncertain. Under New Jersey's invasion of privacy statutes, they could face up to five years in prison for the third-degree crime of transmitting or distributing images depicting sexual contact without a person's consent.

"If they end up in a prison, their whole life is turned around in a way they hadn't expected," said Simon, former head of mental health services at Queens College in New York City. "It's very sad because I'm sure they hadn't given any thought... to the devastating consequences of what they consider probably to be a prank."

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