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New Law Gets Introduced to Curb Sexual Misconduct

The 86th Texas Legislature deals with a lot of elements related to sexual harassment including the sending of unwanted nudes via the internet. So a new law got introduced to curb sexual misconduct. According to the new law, sending unsolicited nude photos is now a criminal offense.

By definition, ‘nude photos’ include one or more people having sex, showing private parts, or indulging in other such sexual activities. The offense is considered a Class C misdemeanor.

Thanks to apps like Snapchat and Instagram, it has become very common for both men and women to receive unsolicited nudes, sometimes from friends or colleagues and sometimes from strangers on the internet.

The aim of this law is to provide people with a safe environment; however, the administrators are not yet sure about its impact on college communities since teenagers are usually involved in such activities.

Past records show that a number of college students have filed complaints regarding receiving nude photos. However, now with it being a criminal offense, the authorities expect fewer such crimes.

If you receive such unwanted photos and they make you uncomfortable, then know that you have the option to go to the court. Back in the day, such acts were only considered immoral and school or college administrations could only take administrative actions against the wrongdoers. However, things are now different.

Some experts believe that not reacting strongly to such unsolicited images can give wrong signals to the sender. Plus, it may even lead to sexual harassment.

Relationship and legal experts appear to be behind the new law as it shows that the government supports healthy relationships and wants to prevent sexual violence.

If you or someone close to you has been a victim of sexual harassment then it is important that you know your rights. Contact us today to speak to a lawyer.

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