NOW President Christian F. Nunes urges DC City Council to stop ‘Cyberflashing’

Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes 

WASHINGTON– As part of the National Organization for Women’s advocacy to protect women against stalking, sexual harassment and sexual assault, NOW National President Christian F. Nunes testified Wednesday in favor of a proposed District of Columbia policy that would empower women against “cyberflashing.”

Cyberflashing occurs when unwanted sexual or lewd photos are sent to someone’s phone, dating app, or messaging platform. 

Below is an excerpt of Nunes’s testimony: 

“Cyberflashing is sexual harassment. Cyberflashing is stalking. It is violence against women. Cyberflashing is nonconsensual. Receiving a nude photo or other sexual depiction without consent or invitation is a direct invasion of personal space, meant to shock and upset an individual. Cyberflashing really is the re-branded version of the trench coat flasher. It’s a shocking and distressing experience.” 

The District of Columbia City Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety heard from several witnesses on the Forbid Lewd Activity and Sexual Harassment (“FLASH”) Act of 2022.

The bill would create a private right of action against any adult who sends another adult an unwanted intimate image electronically.  

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