Obscenity Laws: How obscenity affects our children, our schools and our communities
Obscenity is handled like slander and libel as speech that is NOT protected by the first amendment of our U.S. Constitution. However, the Obscenity Exemption Statute (OES) passed in the 1970’s protects school and library employees who give damaging, pornographic materials to children in 43 of our 50 states!
It’s Perfectly Normal is just one example of the materials allowed in our schools. Every child deserves a safe environment to learn and grow. Under the obscenity loopholes, every student is a potential victim.
Please check periodically for updates on articles, legislation and action items.
- Pornography in Minor-Accessible School Libraries (PDF)
A letter by No Left Turn in Education to US Attorney General Merrick Garland.
- Most States Have Exempted School Libraries from Obscenity Laws (PDF)
- Prohibit Obscenity in Schools Act
Details and talking points for the Obscenity bills submitted in the 2021-22 Minnesota legislative session.
- Protect Child Health Coalition Handout (PDF)
School employees can give obscenity to your children! It’s called the Obscenity Exemption Statue. It allows materials such as It’s Perfectly Normal into our schools.
Note: Libraries and schools are exempt from obscenity laws in most states.