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Virginia’s Cyber-harassment Law

Posted by attorney Rixon Rafter

Virginia has enacted a cyber-harassment law in response to the explosive growth in social media and the ability of individuals to make themselves known in a wide range of media. The statute says at Va. Code § 18.2-152.7:1. Harassment by computer; penalty.:

“If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor."

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