Exploring America's Nonconsensual Pornography Laws

Nonconsensual pornography (NCP) is the act of distributing pornographic images of individuals without their consent. Victims report feelings of humiliation, distress, and shame. Because of the nature of the internet, it can be difficult to completely take down victims' images, and they can be circulated years after the initial posting.

So what are the consequences of publishing nonconsensual porn? There is no standard way of prosecuting perpetrators of NCP in the United States. There are currently no federal laws criminalizing NCP, and 40 states (and D.C.) have laws that punish the act in different degrees.

Help us figure out the effectiveness of NCP laws in your town, city, or county by contributing to our assignment.

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