*CMSAC provides free and confidential services to all survivors/victims and concerned persons of sexual violence. If you wish, you may obtain our services anonymously. It is your choice on how much and what identifiable information you feel comfortable providing.*
CMSAC Services Spotlight:
Sexting & Child Sexual Abuse Images
MN currently does not have sexting-specific laws. All nude and sexually explicit images or videos of a youth age 17 and under constitutes as child pornography and is thus illegal.
The possession, distribution, displaying, and dissemination of child pornography is illegal and may have serious consequences such as felony charges, prison time, registration as a sex offender, and $20,000-40,000 fines.
*NEW* MN Law: Nonconsensual Dissemination of Private Sexual Images
The Nonconsensual Dissemination of Private Sexual Images- Minn. Stat. § 617.261 is effective August 1st, 2016 and applies to crimes committed on or after this date. These crimes may reach a felony level if it “causes financial loss, intent to profit, intent to harass, posted to porn site, other factors. Also, conviction for nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images qualifies as a prior “qualified domestic violence-related offense” that enhances penalties for convictions for domestic assault, 4th & 5th degree assault, stalking, and violation of a harassment restraining order.”
Read the full statue HERE
- Cyber Civil Rights Initiative
- CCRI Crisis Line 844-878-2274
- Online Removal Guide (Instructions on how to remove from major social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, Yahoo, Google & Microsoft)
You may be a victim of sexual violence, exploitation, or trafficking if any of the following apply:
- You were 17 or under at the time the image/video was made
- You were pressured, coerced, manipulated, tricked, or forced to pose or perform
- You freely consented to posing/performing but did NOT consent to the distribution/sharing
- Someone else made a profit from the sexual images/videos of you
- A person used the images/videos to control you or get revenge
- You exchanged the images/videos for survival, basic needs, or something of value
- You were told your images/videos would be shared if you didn’t provide more images/videos (a.k.a. sextortion)
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Think you would benefit from our free and confidential services available at CMSAC?
Simply call (320) 251-4357 and ask to speak with one of our sexual assault advocates. Walk-in’s for services, including support groups, are welcome.