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2020-2021 School PSA Video Contest

Crime Stoppers of Houston and the FBI Houston Citizens Academy Alumni Association (CAAA) have partnered to host a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video contest for Houston-area high school students. The 2020 – 2021 campaign aims to educate the public about the seriousness of sextortion and bringing awareness to the unfortunate reality students are faced with daily.

In addition to educating both community members and youth about the potential risks and that sexual predators can victimize children and teens in their own homes through devices they use for gaming, homework, and communicating with friends, the campaign also seeks to inform students of the crime so that they know how to avoid risky situations online and know to ask for help if they are being victimized.

The team PSA submissions should address one or all of these campaign focal points:

     • Education on what Sextortion is and/or how it occurs
     • How students are victimized (online and/or in-person)
     • Psychological, emotional, and legal consequences of victims and offenders
     • How to report Sextortion and the importance of advocating for yourself and others

The FBI Houston CAAA is a non-profit organization closely affiliated with, but separate and apart from, the FBI. Prize money was neither solicited, nor controlled, by the FBI.

Educating the Public - What is Sextortion?

Sextortion takes on different forms, but at its core, it is the threat to expose sexual images in order to make a person do something. These threats come from both strangers met online and once intimate romantic partners attempting to harass, embarrass, and control victims.

   • 1 in 4 victims were 13 or younger when threatened
   • 2 in 3 victims were girls threatened before the age of 16
   • 1 in 3 victims had never told anyone, largely because of shame or embarrassment

First contact is typically by phone via a social media friend request. Victims are targeted on platforms they frequent.

   • 47% of victims experienced threats daily
   • 62% complied with demands in an effort to make the threats stop
   • 68% of victims reported that threats became more frequent after they complied with demand

“Society continues to dismiss the fact that people are forced into situations (sending explicit photos) and that they should be shamed if they are” – anonymous

   • 54% disclosed their situation to family / friend
   • 26% reported to a platform / website
   • 17% reported to law enforcement

(Thorn conducted an online survey in 2017 with 2,097 victims of sextortion from ages 13 to 25.)
https://www.thorn.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Sextortion-Infographic-2018-Findings-UpdatedV3.pdf

A teacher must sponsor high school students who wish to take part. Teams of one to four students must register online by January 29, 2021. They must submit a 45-60 second original video by March 26, 2021. 

   Registration Opens – October 20 through January 29, 2021

   Video Submission Deadline – March 26

   Modified Video Submission Deadline
– April 2

   Social Media “Likes/Shares” Period
– April 5 – 16

   Judges Voting Period – April 5 – 16

   Winning Teams Announcement
– April 21

   Awards Ceremony
– May 5

1. The contest is open to all Houston area high school students in grades 9-12. Each team will consist of ONE TO FOUR STUDENTS and a TEACHER SPONSOR who will assist the team as needed and be responsible for submitting all contest forms and the video PSA entry.

2. Entries must be 45-60 seconds (including credits) and only contain original and non-copyrighted material. No copy-written music, branded material, logos, etc., may be used without express written permission for the copyright or trademark holder. Please utilize technology to mask logos or names of corporations that may appear in the video, unless specific permission is granted to use logos or company names.

3. All team members must not attempt to include or perform video stunts, dangerous situations, or film at dangerous locations during the production of the video. The Teacher Sponsor will guide teams through the planning and filming / submission process, in order to ensure safety and security for all students involved in the project.

4. The screening committee reserves the right to disqualify any submission for any reason deemed necessary. Submitted videos will not be eligible if they contain or appear to contain:
     a. Profane or obscene material or language
     b. Nudity, profanity, or gratuitous violence
     c. Endorsement of illegal drug use, alcohol abuse, prescription drug abuse, or any other illegal activity
     d. Derogatory characterization of any person or group
     e. Any copyrighted or trademarked materials without express written consent form the copyright or trademark holder

The FBI Houston CAAA is a non-profit organization closely affiliated with, but separate and apart from, the FBI. Prize money was neither solicited, nor controlled, by the FBI.

Thank you FBI Houston Citizens Academy Alumni Association (CAAA) and T-Mobile by Connectivity Source for sponsoring this year’s prizes!

Three winning teams will receive:

Cash prize for school of the winning teams:

  • 1st place: $5,000
  • 2nd place: $2,500
  • 3rd place: $1,500

Student prizes: (one for each team member)

  • 1st place: PS5 Digital Edition
  • 2nd place: iPad 8th Generation (32GB, 10.2 display, silver)
  • 3rd place: Air Pods (with wireless charging case)


The FBI Houston CAAA is a non-profit organization closely affiliated with, but separate and apart from, the FBI. Prize money was neither solicited, nor controlled, by the FBI.

Thank you FBI Houston Citizens Academy Alumni Association (CAAA) and T-Mobile by Connectivity Source for sponsoring this year’s prizes!

Registration
Click here to register your team now! 

Release Forms (Click form name to open)

     – Parent/Guardian Release 
     – Actor Release
     – Media Release
     – Location Release

Video Submission

YouTube Channel – PSA Video Contest
Click here to visit our YouTube playlist!

If you have any further questions, please contact us at president@fbihoustoncaaa.org or kfrey@crime-stoppers.org.  

Last year's winners for #ThinkBeforeYouPost

1st place – Cypress Lakes High School – Team Spartan Studios

2nd place – Robert Turner College and Career High School – Team Turner Video

3rd place – Montgomery High School – Team Law Enforcers

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