A bill could be passing through the General Assembly that will allow people to prosecute others who have sent them unwanted or obscene photos. A local delegate from Virginia Beach, Virginia is trying to pass it.
Bill is Getting Bipartisan Support
Representing the 21st District, Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler is the co-patron of House Bill 2254 and says it’s gotten bipartisan support.
With the intent of this bill, everyone is on board. I’m thinking that is what will make it successful, she said.
Recipients of Lewd Photos
A real estate broker, Convirs-Fowler, says the idea came to her after hearing from other real estate agents about them being the recipients of lewd photos.
I’m getting alot of unsolicited pictures, obscene photos. This what alot of agents who spoke out have said, she said. Then it clicked in my head, that are numbers are out there as real estate agents. Therefore, we need to be mindful of it. We need to find out it even it wasn’t against the law. Then, explicitly in the law, we should firm up the language to make sure women or anyone doesn’t get an obscene picture.
The Bill Could become a Class 1 Misdemeanor Violation
It just unanimously passed a House of Delegates subcommittee, the bill, making it a Class 1 misdemeanor violation. The maximum penalty for this bill is 12 months in jail or a fine.
Prosecute Like Indecent Exposure
Many representatives were surprised to find there wasn’t a specific section in the state code already in place, according to Convirs-Fowler. Therefore, she wanted it included so they could prosecute like they do for indecent exposure.
Changing the Code
Someone can be prosecuted if this happens in public. Therefore, it’s different. There’s nothing in the code that says I can’t really do anything about someone Air Dropping me a photo of their private parts. Therefore, this will let people know this is not ok and now something can now be done about it, she said.