WINTERS – For the second year in a row the Aim for Success program was presented to Winters students and stressed abstinence and the laws related to minors and sexual activity.

WINTERS – For the second year in a row the Aim for Success program was presented to Winters students and stressed abstinence and the laws related to minors and sexual activity.

The “Freedom to Succeed” program stressed the avoidance of sexual activity because “it’s the law.”

Ben Smith, presented the program in which he discussed pregnancy and child support, sexual crimes, sex offender registration, sexual abuse and teen dating violence, pornography, cell phones, sexting and the Internet and sexual harassment.

He told the students that revenge porn, which is sending an explicit photo or image of someone via the Internet or social media for revenge purposes, is now against the law in Texas.

He discussed the story of a young Texas youth who sent a provocative photo of his ex-girlfriend to everyone on her email list and eventually lost everything – he was kicked out of college, had to register as a sex offender after spending some time in jail.

“It’s not worth it,” Smith told the crowd of sixth graders.

He also told the students how to recognize sexual abuse and encouraged them to tell an adult if they had experienced questionable or illegal actions from another person, particularly an adult. And he warned against becoming friends with strangers on the Internet.

“People get on there and they lie,” Smith said.

Smith presents programs to teens across the state and the U.S. Aim for Success has been around since 1993 and offers a variety of programs to teens on sex, bullying and drugs.

“It is a freedom message,” Smith said following the presentation. “It’s about making those good decisions.”

He said in his presentation Tuesday gave students the knowledge to “wait which can give them freedom.”

Counselor Mandie England said she and other educators, students and parents, have been pleased with the program.

“We are already booking the program for next year,” she said. “This is exactly the message they need to hear.”