California Lawmakers Tackle Revenge Porn

jailIn a move that could spur action across the country, California lawmakers are debating a bill that would make revenge porn illegal, and punishable by jail time and fines.

Revenge porn is the act of posting nude, sexual or otherwise revealing pictures or video on the internet without the consent of the person portrayed in the media. Most commonly victims are ex boyfriends, girlfriends or spouses, and the posting is done in an effort to embarrass the victim.

One interesting aspect of the proposed bill is the fact that how the poster came into possession of the lewd photos or video is not important – even if the victim willing took and sent the pictures to someone, it will still be illegal to post them to the internet without expressed permission.

According to the Los Angeles Times, some groups including the ACLU oppose the law, but judging from the tenor of the press this week, there seems to be pretty good momentum in the direction of it passing.

While the law is being faulted by some for stopping short of having perpetrators labeled as sex offenders, if the goal is to keep revenge porn off the internet, it is certainly a step in the right direction.

 

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