The "immoral" and "illegal" questions about nudity were settled in California years ago. The courts agree that nudity is not in itself sexual, despite the efforts of movies, advertisers and some politicians who try to link the two. Anyone who has gone to a nude beach, resort or club knows there is nothing sexual about the experience at all.
A 1972 California court case (California v. Bost) set the precedent that simple beach nudity is not indecent exposure. Another court case California vs. Smith (1988), affirmed that people would only be arrested under California Penal Code Section 314 for lewd behavior. The nudist community supports these policies and laws and helps law enforcement uphold them against misbehavior on the beaches!
In 1977, the Cahill Policy stated that in California State Parks, someone other than the deputy or ranger must complain about a person that they see nude, and the nudist has the right to get dressed when asked, without receiving a ticket. The nudist may return to the same spot the following day and if there's another complaint filed, it goes the same as before. Both law enforcement and nudists have successfully followed this policy for 30 years!
Experience has shown (and law enforcement records confirm this), that crime goes down on a nude beach. Santa Barbara Sheriff's acknowledge, "The nudists are not the problem." In fact, these locations are far safer family environments than a regular beach or even a shopping mall.
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