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Thank God, Revenge Porn is Now Illegal

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If you’re a resident of California, New Jersey, and soon to be New York, then you can rest easy knowing that the sexy photo you just sent to the person you are currently (or hopefully!) having sex with will not wind up on some revenge porn site in a few months. If it does, the person who put it there will face a seriously hefty fine.  In fact, New York assemblymen Edward C. Braunstein and senator Joseph A. Griffo are proposing a bill that can fine someone up to $30,000 and a year in jail for posting a sexually explicit photo without the subject’s consent.

Unlike California and New Jersey, the New York State bill will stretch beyond just criminalizing the distribution of sexually explicit photos whose subjects don’t realize their photo is being taken and will also apply to sexually explicit selfies. According to Assemblyman Braunstein in a press release, Disseminating sexually explicit images that were shared with an expectation of privacy can cause lasting damage to victims and should be a crime.” The only thing better than knowing our government is cracking down on the revenge porn phenomenon is knowing that a bunch of state legislators have been saying the words “selfie” and “revenge porn” over and over again in a Congressional setting. Who knew CSPAN could be so titillating!

[Gothamist]