Texas Lawmakers take a stand in the age of social media

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A new law criminalizing sending unwanted sexually explicit messages

ODESSA, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- “It’s nice that there’s something we can do about it now,” says Taijia Sumaya.

A sigh of relief for many who are all too familiar with receiving unwanted sexually explicit photos.

“You get a lot of unsolicited messages like that that people don’t want and don’t want to see and now they can actually do something about it,” says Justin Hall.

Sumaya saying that “the block button doesn’t always work. I’ve had myself where someone will make a new facebook and new facebook and a new facebook just to get back to my messages.”

She is thankful there is finally a solution for victims of online harassment.

“Anybody in general who gets one of those, it’s not nice nobody wants to see that right off the bat and it does happen a lot there are like guys that will do it to multiple girls and you hear about it.”

As of September 1st, sending sexually explicit material electronically is a Class C Misdemeanor and up to a $500 fine.
Hall says it was only a matter of time before a bill like this was signed into law.

“I kinda wasn’t surprised I knew it was going to come I just didn’t know when it was going to come so, of course, it will make people think really hard about it about sending one or just anything like that.”

Sumaya says it’s time for those in high school to also be apart of the conversation and aware of these laws.

“I think it’s very useful because it does happen a lot. I don’t think a lot of kids in that area, that age area or group, know what the law is.”

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