Want to know how to help get a law against nonconsensual pornography passed in your state? Follow these simple instructions.
- Find your Legislator’s Contact Information: Use our interactive map, found in dropdown menu under Impact Legislation, to find contact information for you legislators. If a bill against revenge porn is currently being sponsored in your state, contact the sponsor of that bill as well to show your support.
- Contact Your Legislator: You can contact your legislators via email or phone.Email: Send each of your legislators an email, expressing your support or describing how revenge porn has affected your life. Click here to see a template letter that shows you exactly how to write and format this email. OR Call their Office: Call your legislator’s office and you will most likely speak with a legislative aid. Tell them there needs to be a law against this in your state and you were calling to urge your legislator to sponsor a bill or support one that is already being considered.
- Share the Guide for Legislators With Them: We have been working with a group of advocates, activists, lawyers, and law professors to come up with a guide to give to legislators interested in sponsoring a bill against revenge porn. The guide, written by Mary Anne Franks, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Miami, lays out background information on the issue of revenge porn and proposes model state and federal laws to criminalize it. It also addresses the First Amendment concerns that most legislators have about implementing a bill like this and provides them with defenses they can use in the face of such arguments. If you wrote emails, attach this guide to your email and be sure to mention it in the body of your message. If you called your legislators, be sure to tell the legislative aid that you can share this guide with them so that the legislator can look it over and consider implementing a bill in their state that is identical or similar to the model law contained within. The guide can be accessed by clicking here. If they have any questions, they can contact Prof Mary Anne Franks by emailing her here.