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ACLU of Utah in Court to Defend Utah Woman Charged with Lewdness in Her Home

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, ACLU of Utah's Senior Staff Attorney Leah Farrell argued at the court hearing that Utah's lewdness statue was unconstitutional because it treats women and men (and theit bodies) differently for the same offense. Intervenning on behalf of Tillie Buchanan, a Utah women charged with lewdeness for disrobing in front of her step-children after a messy home improvement project, Farrell argued that the current Utah lewdness law is based on gender stereotypes, and requires women to calculate if their actions would cause offence, when a man does not have to make the same determination. 

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Read the extensive local and national media coverage aobut the hearing and the case below.


Woman fights charges after stepkids see her topless at home
AP Story (Updated)
By Lindsay Whitehurst
November 20, 2019

Utah woman could be registered as sex offender for going topless in front of stepkids
By Jackie Salo
New York Post
November 20, 2019

Utah Woman Charged With Lewdness After Being Topless In Her Own Home
National Public Radio (NPR)
By Laurel Wamsley
November 21, 2019

A Utah Woman Faces the Sex Offender Registry for Going Topless in Front of Her Stepkids
Tilli Buchanan and her husband removed their shirts after installing insulation in their garage. Only one of them is facing charges.
Reason Magazine
By Zuri Davis
November 21, 2019

Utah Woman Whose Stepchildren Saw Her Topless in Home Faces Charges
People Magazine
By Harriet Sokmensuer
November 21, 2019 02:27 PM

A woman’s stepchildren saw her topless in her home. She may have to register as a sex offender.
Washington Post
By Marisa Iati
November 21, 2019

Utah woman might have to register as sex offender after kids see her topless at home
By Tribune Media Wire
November 22, 2019



Utah law banning toplessness for women is unconstitutional, attorneys say
Deseret News
By Annie Knox
November 19, 2019

Utah judge considers whether to strike down lewdness statute involving topless women
By Ben Winslow
November 19, 2019

A Utah judge will decide if a woman violated the law by being topless in her home in front of her stepchildren
Salt Lake Tribune
By Jessica Miller
November 19, 2019

Free the Nipple’ attorney vows to sue Utah prosecutors for charging a woman with being topless in her own home
Salt Lake Tribune
By Jessica Miller
November 22, 2019