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Laws involving sexting and revenge porn can vary drastically from state to state. The exchange of sexually explicit images has become so commonplace in schools that some states, like New Mexico, have made it legal between teenagers. Other states, like Idaho, are contemplating statutes making it a misdemeanor between teens. The California legislature is considering a bill that would give schools the power to expel students for sexting.
In states where there are no specific laws concerning sexting and revenge porn, the possession and distribution of sexually explicit images of minors is typically considered child pornography. It does not matter that they were only shared between a teenaged couple. It is a strict liability crime that could result in prison and a lifelong label as a registered sex offender. Always check the latest developments in the specific jurisdiction where there is a case involving sexting or revenge porn. For help figuring out what to do about these social media laws, see the Your Options page of this website.
Federal Sexting Laws:
Sexting and Revenge Porn Laws by State: http://cyberbullying.org/state-sexting-laws.pdf
For example, in Texas:
For more options, see the Your Options page of this website.
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