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Californians who send unwelcome sexual images to others online without expressed invitation soon could face legal repercussions for such unwanted sexting.
A proposed bill in the California Senate would make sending unsolicited, sexually explicit images via text, email, social media, or dating apps illegal.
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The Preventing Indecent Content Sharing Act was introduced Jan. 6 by state Sen. Ling Ling Chang, a Republican, in cooperation with the dating app Bumble.
Bumble supported a similar bill in Texas that passed and went into effect Sept. 1.
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The Texas law, on which the California bill is based, classifies sending nudes or other erotic images without expressed consent as a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $500 fine.
That’s about the same level of repercussion as a speeding ticket. The intent is to send a clear message that “this culture of online harassment must go,” Chang spokeswoman Stephanie Hu told The Daily Signal in an email.
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Chang’s district includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties.
Her “PICS Act” seeks to curb a form of digital sexual harassment that affects 53% of women between the ages of 18 and 29, according to a 2017 study by Pew Research.
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Of the women who have received nude images via text message, direct-messaging features, and AirDrop, 96% said the images were unsolicited, according to a survey conducted by Bumble in 2018.
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