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H.R. 1588 (115th): Servicemember Intimate Privacy Protection Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 16, 2017 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1588


March 16, 2017

(for herself, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Davis of California, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Himes, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, Ms. Norton, Ms. Rosen, Ms. Shea-Porter, Mr. Walz, Mr. Costello of Pennsylvania, Mr. O'Halleran, and Ms. Frankel of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


To amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit the nonconsensual distribution of private sexual images.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Servicemember Intimate Privacy Protection Act.


Prohibition on nonconsensual distribution of private sexual images



Section 920c of title 10, United States Code (article 120c of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), is amended—


by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (e); and


by inserting after subsection (c) the following new subsection (d):


Nonconsensual distribution of private sexual images

Any person subject to this chapter who—


knowingly broadcasts or distributes a visual image of another person who—


is at least 18 years of age;


is identifiable from the image itself or from information displayed in connection with the image; and


is engaged in a sexual act or exposes a private area;


obtained the image under circumstances in which a reasonable person would know or understand that the image was to remain private; and


knows or reasonably should have known that the person depicted in the image has not consented to the broadcast or distribution,

is guilty of nonconsensual distribution of private sexual images and shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.



Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to offenses committed on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.