Tell Your U.S. Senators: Don't Treat Our Kids Like Sexual Predators. Oppose H.R. 1761.

Congress is in danger of misapplying very long mandatory minimum sentences for producing and distributing child pornography to young people who engage in "sexting." Sexting occurs when young people consensually share sexually explicit photos or videos of themselves with romantic partners. Under H.R. 1761, a 19-year-old boy would get a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence for receiving a naked photo of his 17-year-old girlfriend on his smartphone. Sexting has become such a problem that 20 states have passed laws to exempt sexting from long mandatory minimums for child pornography production and distribution. Sexting may be unwise or reckless, but it is not what these long, mandatory minimum sentences were intended to apply to. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1761, and now it goes to thh U.S. Senate for a vote. Contact your U.S. Senators today and tell them not to treat our kids like sexual predators.