The potential consequences for a person who exposes her body in public range from misdemeanor charges to felony charges and sometimes require registering as a sex offender, notes HG.org. What happens legally depends on where the incident happens, the intent of the person, who sees the person and the ages of the people involved.Continue Reading
The United States does not have federal laws pertaining to nudity except insofar as the Bill of Rights protects nudity in some contexts as a form of free speech, reports HG.org. Individual states have their own laws regarding nudity, which typically fall under the headings of public indecency, disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious behavior, or obscenity. Local laws also apply and typically have precedence, even on federal public lands.
In some cases these laws are very specific, according to HG.org. As of 2015 Hawaii, Maine, New York, Ohio and Texas permit women to be topless in places where it's legal for a man to be topless. South Carolina indecent exposure law is brief and harsh on intentional nudity but makes an exception for women who are breastfeeding, as does Florida. Utah law prohibits women from exposing the buttocks or any part of the breast lower than the top of the areola. Delaware prohibits a woman from exposing genitals, breasts or buttocks when she knows another person is likely to take offense.Learn more about Is This Illegal?