Maryland delegate harassed with unsolicited sexual image after her testimony against the practice

Mar 03rd, 2023

Delegate Lesley Lopez recently became a victim of the exact kind of harassment that she’s trying to end – getting unwanted sexual images through online platforms.

Delegate Lopez is the chief sponsor of House Bill 600, which would create a task force to determine the best way to prevent and respond to “nonconsensual sexual imagery” sent online. Last week, after completing the Judiciary Committee hearing on HB 600, Lopez received a direct message on Twitter of a man exposing himself to her. 

“A task force really is the best way to look at all the myriad of issues...And try to make sure we can actually protect people from unwanted sexual imagery.”
- Lisae C. Jordan, Esq.
MCASA Executive Director & Counsel

According to research conducted by Bumble, the dating app tech company, 48% of women from ages 18-24 have received some form of unsolicited sexual image. It is time we recognize digital flashing as the crime it is.

MCASA advocates annually in Annapolis for legislation that promotes justice for survivors of sexual violence, and is committed to protecting the public from unwanted sexual imagery. To learn more about MCASA's advocacy efforts in Annapolis, visit our website, and click here to support our work.

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