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As technology continues to develop, so do the ways humans interact with one another romantically.
Today, sexting has become a popular habit, with 8 out of 10 adults between the ages of 18 and 82 admitting to doing it at least once. And, in many instances, flirtatious text messages lead to the request of erotic pictures, easily taken and exchanged by smartphones.
Receiving a nude picture of a romantic interest can be an exhilarating experience… when the exchange is consensual. In JanuaryNew York Mets General Manager Jared Porter, became the latest public figure disgraced for sending unsolicited nude pictures to an unsuspecting woman. InPorter worked for the Chicago Cubs as their director of professional scouting.
While visiting Yankee Stadium in New York, he met a foreign correspondent in an elevator. After his request for a drink was rejected three times during the day, Porter proceeded to text the reporter 62 times, all of which went unanswered. Porter decided to end his harassment onslaught with a picture of an erect, naked, penis.
The Mets were made aware of the incident on Jan. While this may be the latest story, it is hardly the only one. The Singles in AmericasSurvey saw participation of more than 5, people across the country. And the response from recipients is hardly gratifying.
Sweeny says that sending unsolicited explicit material is the digital version of flashing. The notion of digital flashing is certainly what Texas state Rep. Morgan Meyer had in mind when, inshe collaborated with the dating application Bumble to address those who send unsolicited sexually explicit pictures. House Billwhich went into effect on Sept.
Following suit, California state Sen. Like the Texas law, sending unsolicited explicit images online or via text would be a crime that carries a fine as punishment. Perhaps other states and cities will introduce similar legislation in the future, but is a simple fine enough to prevent this form of sexual harassment? Other countries seem to think not.
While Finnish law currently defines sexual harassment as something that involves physical touching, ministers are working to amend the law to include verbal, text and cyber offenses, as well. It is anticipated that the new law will be submitted later in before going to parliament for a vote, which would make sending unsolicited images a crime with a punishment of up to six months imprisonment. Meanwhile in Scotland, inthe Scottish government amended their Sexual Offences Act to include unsolicited sexual images.
If a person intentionally shares sexual images without the consent of the recipient — for the purpose of sexual gratification, or humiliating, distressing or alarming the victim — they have committed a Section 6 sexual offense. This is punishable by up to two years in prison and being added to the sexual offender registry.
In New York City, an anti-flashing bill went to a committee hearing in July As for jail, Sweeny questions if imprisonment is the right direction for states outlining future legislation. Ellen agrees saying, a fine would be the easiest way to regulate this issue.
As of now, Kentucky currently has a harassing communications law KRS This law does require a showing of the intent to intimidate, harass, annoy or alarm the recipient, which may be tricky to prove in the situation of unsolicited explicit material.
There is no word on when Kentucky or the City of Louisville may introduce legislation that focuses specifically on cyber flashing. Just as no one is thrilled to see what lies underneath the tan trench coat of the stranger on the TARC, the cyber equivalent is just as unwelcome. Perhaps due to the digital nature and overall ease of sending such material, the gravity of the situation is not fully understood.
But, before you pull your pants down and bring your camera in focus, make sure permission has been granted.
Because consent is required in the digital world, just as it is in the physical. James J. Wilkerson, J. Top Story. Publishing Louisville's arts and entertainment news, community-focused stories, and colorful local commentary since