U.S. states with state sexting laws as of November 2019, by policy

This statistic presents the number of U.S. states with state sexting laws, by policy implementation. As of October 2019, 25 states had sexting laws but only 9 explicitly included the word sexting. A total of 6 states included the potential for felony punishment in their sexting laws.

Number of U.S. states with state sexting laws as of October 2019, by policy

State totals
Sexting law25
Includes sexting*9
Addresses under 18 sending24
Addresses under 18 receiving22
Penalty: diversion12
Penalty: informal12
Penalty: misdemeanour16
Penalty: felony6
Revenge porn law42
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Source

Release date

October 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

October 2019

Supplementary notes

*Includes sexting” – includes “sexting” in the statute; “Addresses under 18 sending or receiving” – includes provisions if minors have sent or received sexually explicit images of other minors; “Diversion” – includes an option to pursue the case outside of the criminal/juvenile justice system; “Informal” – allows for/prescribes counseling or another informal sanction; “Misdemeanor” – potential for a misdemeanor punishment; “Felony” – potential for a felony punishment. All states have some variation of a law that prohibits sending explicit or obscene material to — or depicting — minors that might apply (child pornography).

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