Should Revenge Porn Be Illegal Everywhere?

revenge porn legislation Should Revenge Porn Be Illegal Everywhere?

Revenge Porn

Last week, a bill that would make revenge porn illegal in the state of California advanced through the state legislature.

Revenge porn is already illegal in New Jersey and it’s the only state in the Union with such a law.

The issue of revenge porn is drawing lots of attention to itself and I’m wondering if revenge porn should be illegal everywhere? 

For those of you who aren’t entirely sure of what revenge porn is, it’s essentially sexy cyber-bullying. It’s when homemade porn is uploaded to revenge porn websites or any free internet porn site by an ex (usually ex-boyfriend) to humiliate the nude person in the photo or possibly just for their own amusement. It’s malicious and embarrassing, but does that mean it should be illegal?

In California’s revenge porn bill (Senate Bill 225), if someone shares a private, nude image with you under the assumption that it is to remain private and later you publish it online, you could be found guilty of disorderly conduct and get slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

The problem with criminalizing revenge porn is that it’s so difficult to prove intent. It can cost up to $10,000 to subpoena records to link an image with an actual person because of how quickly it can spread across the internet. After all that time and effort linking a nude image to an actual person will surely then devolve into He-Said, She-Said where if you can try and say that you never agreed the photo was private. If you never agreed the photo was private, then there’s no case, right?

But even though the actual enforcement of a revenge porn law might not be feasible yet, the criminalization of revenge porn would surely deter people from uploading nude photos of their ex-girlfriend.

So what do you think?

Should revenge porn be illegal everywhere?

 

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Published on: September 6, 2013

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