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

 

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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)

 

If you would like to speak with a CMSAC advocate by phone or to schedule a free appointment, call us at 320-251-4357