SHIELD Act of 2023

Issue: Non-Consensual Intimate Imagery

Latest Action: Passed out of Senate Judiciary Committee on May 16, 2023

A bill to make it unlawful to knowingly mail or distribute an intimate visual depiction of an adult engaging in sexually explicit conduct or who is nude or partially nude under the following conditions:

  • With knowledge of the adult individual's lack of consent to the distribution.
  • What is depicted was not voluntarily exposed by the individual in a public or commercial setting.
  • What is depicted is not a matter of public concern.

It would specify that the individual's consent to the creation of the depiction would not establish that they consented to its distribution.

It also would make it unlawful to knowingly mail or distribute a visual depiction of a nude minor with intent to abuse, humiliate, harass or degrade the minor, or to arouse or gratify any person's sexual desire.

It would specify that anyone who violates such prohibitions, or attempts or conspires to or threatens to, would be fined, imprisoned for up to five years or both.

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Read the Bill: S 412 HR 3686
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Bill Status
  • Introduced
  • Passed First Committee
  • Passed First Chamber
  • Passed Both Committees
  • Passed Both Chambers
  • Enacted

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