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

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

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Source

Release date

February 2020

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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