NOW Congratulates Virginia for Passing Cyber-Flashing Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NOW congratulates and supports the signing of Virginia’s SB 493, which makes the sending of lewd images without consent a civil infraction with the penalty being as high as $500.  

As we work towards creating safe spaces for women, we must continue pressing legislators to examine the dangers and harassment women face online. Like flashing, cyber-flashing is “violent and pernicious” and should be categorized as a crime.  We thank the Virginia legislature for criminalizing its digital form as well. We urge other states to follow Virginia’s lead and enact similar laws.  

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