State Capitol News
10:25 am
Tue March 11, 2014

State House Votes to Outlaw ‘Revenge Porn’

Saying the Internet is forever, the state House unanimously approved legislation Monday to make it illegal to intentionally post someone else’s naked photo online.

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The legislation is designed to address “revenge porn,” where someone may have taken a compromising photo of a mate or lover during their relationship, one that was not meant to be shared with others. Rep. J.D. Mesnard problems arise when the relationship ends, often badly.

“As technology changes, people invent new ways of hurting folks. And if, at the end of the day, we sent a picture to somebody in the context of a trusting relationship, we should not have to wonder what that person is going to do,” Mesnard said.

The legislation covers not just images of nudity, but also anyone engaged in any sex act. Rep. Warren Petersen said technology has made the measure necessary, saying that 20 years ago a photo would reach just a few people, eventually deteriorate or be lost.

“Now, if something goes on the Internet, it’s there for the whole world to see. It is always looming. It never ceases to harass, humiliate and depress those who don’t want their images displayed to the world,” Petersen said.

And, Petersen said the girls who tend to be the victims in this find there is no escape, and some eventually take their own lives. The measure now goes to the Senate.