Hundreds of new state laws take effect on Sept. 1, and one of them makes it illegal for someone to send you nude photos you never asked for.
“Many people – especially women – get unwanted sexually explicit pictures by text or social media,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. “Now, it’s illegal in Texas.”
On Friday, Gov. Abbott ceremoniously signed House Bill 2789.
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The law makes it a Class C misdemeanor to send an unwanted, unrequested indecent photo – by text, dating app, email or any other platform.
Anyone found guilty of doing it could face a $500 fine.
According to The Texas Tribune, the law makes Texas one of the first states to take a stand against sending sexually explicit images, which about 40% of women report receiving without consent.