Revenge Porn Laws

Created by Laura Biber on April 06, 2016 1076

Revenge porn is generally defined as the publication of explicit material of someone who has not consented to the image or video being shared. The term generally has the connation of a prior intimate relationship that, when broken off, leads one party to distribute intimate images of the other party. Many statutes include the requirement that the dissemination of these intimate images be done “with the intent to cause distress.”

As of April 2016, 27 states and the District of Columbia have passed revenge porn statutes. The severity of this crime varies, with some states treating it as a misdemeanor and some as a felony. Several statutes also include a provision stating that the fact that a person in the intimate relationship may have initially sent the image to their partner does not mean that they consented to the further distribution of the image. 

The Utah revenge porn statute has been mapped and may be found in the list of states.

Written by Laura Biber on April 24, 2016 0 1590
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