You can lend your voice to the fight against nonconsensual pornography and sextortion. Below are a few easy steps that outline how you can advocate for the federal SHIELD Act, which recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and will be considered soon by the U.S. Senate.
1. You can find your two Senators here. Simply select your state from the drop-down menu that reads “Choose a State.”
2. To contact your Senator:
b. By Phone:
Each Senator’s office number is also listed in the same search. When you call, you will likely speak with a legislative aid or front office representative.
c. Here is a draft script that you can modify for either a phone conversation or an email.
My name is XXX and I live in [City, State]. I am reaching out today to urge the Senator to vote in favor of the SHIELD Act, which is included as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021. The SHIELD Act will protect against the nonconsensual disclosure of private, sexually explicit images. Cyber sexual abuse most adversely impacts women, girls, and marginalized communities, and can lead to financial loss, interrupted employment and education, harassment, stalking, assault, deterioration of relationships and support networks, and severe psychological harm. Can I count on the Senator to vote for the SHIELD Act as part of the VAWA Reauthorization?
3. You can also update your friends and family about your advocacy efforts through a social media post. An example is below.
I just asked my Senators to vote for the #SHIELD Act as an amendment to #VAWA. The SHIELD Act will protect against cyber sexual abuse, which most adversely impacts women, girls, and marginalized communities. Click here to help protect the cyber civil rights of the most vulnerable.