Sexting is when you share sexualised images including videos or messages using a computer, mobile phone, or other mobile device. Sexting is a crime when it involves a young person who is or looks like they are under the age of These laws are different from the laws about the age of consent for having sex. If you are under the age of 18, it is also against the law to take, keep or send a sexualised image of yourself for example, a selfie. This can be treated as child pornography and serious legal consequences apply. In WA, there are more charges that can apply if the young person is under the age of
Sexting by Minors in Washington
What do the new intimate image laws do?
The new laws have made it a crime to distribute an intimate image without the consent of the person in the image. An 'intimate image' can include:. It can be still or moving such as photo or a video and also includes edited images — for example, where someone's face is superimposed or photo-shopped onto another person's body. Under the new law, an 'intimate image' does not include images of people in circumstances in which they would not reasonably expect to be afforded privacy; for example, an image of a person in their bathers at the beach, or a model in underwear on a catwalk. This includes one to one sharing, posting on social media or through the regular mail , uploading to websites, or photocopying images and then displaying it where others can see. Distribution has a broad meaning and does not refer only to digital or electronic images and the use of social media. Under the new laws, it is a crime to distribute the intimate image of a person unless that person has given their consent freely and voluntarily. Consent is not freely and voluntarily given if it is obtained by force, threat, intimidation, deceit or any fraudulent means.
By Rebecca Pirius , Attorney. Developing at a rapid rate, smart device technology presents amazing opportunities as well as difficult challenges. One such challenge is the exchange of sensitive and explicit material. Sexting has become especially common among teenagers—many of whom are minors—and can easily be used to bully or harass. States have taken various approaches to address teen sexting. Some have enacted laws prohibiting sexting by or between minors. Other states punish sexting under preexisting laws against child enticement and child pornography. Washington punishes sexting images of minors those younger than 18 under its laws against sexual exploitation of children.
Teens who send nude selfies will no longer face felony sex charges that carry a requirement to register as a sex offender. Washington Gov. Photo by Ted S. Soon, teenagers in Washington state will no longer risk felony charges when they take and send nude selfies on their cellphones. On Wednesday, Gov.