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Should More States Ban Revenge Porn?

Illinois is considering banning revenge porn, joining California and New Jersey.

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By Emily Stone

An angry ex can be an unpleasant thing. An angry ex with naked photos of you who isn’t afraid to post them online is terrifying.

That’s the concept behind “revenge porn.” Only two states, California and New Jersey, currently have laws banning revenge porn and Illinois might soon join them.

“This is behavior that isn’t going to be tolerated,” said Scott Drury, an Illinois legislator.

Under a bill proposed by Drury, any non-consensual dissemination of sexually explicit materials would become a felony, classified as a sex crime. Consequences would be more severe if the victim is a minor or disabled.

Drury said his bill goes beyond those in terms of labeling the offense a sex crime. The bill also allows for the forfeiture of any profits made from the photos, which is a way of targeting for-profit sites that post them.

Recently, Hunter Moore, dubbed the “revenge porn king” was indicted by the FBI for allegedly hacking into computers to retrieve nude photos. Moore’s now defunct site, IsAnyoneUp, encouraged angry exes to post revenge porn.

What do you think? Should more states ban revenge porn?

ray February 03, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Why should the state become involved with these personal squabbles?
Robert Demarco February 03, 2014 at 12:47 PM
I am surprised that Shumer has not thought of this for New York. He probably skipped his inane Sunday news conference this week because of the Super Bowl.
Observor February 03, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Because, Ray, there may be cases where the victim didn't know they were being photographed or filmed. The only way to protect those people is to ban the practice entirely.
macgeek February 03, 2014 at 01:39 PM
don't let someone take naked pics of you. problem solved?
macgeek February 03, 2014 at 01:41 PM
making a law won't stop some people from doing it. that's the problem with our society now, government gets involved in too many aspects of our lives.
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT February 03, 2014 at 02:07 PM
Revenge porn is that some type of sado masochistic sex act?
Marie February 03, 2014 at 02:35 PM
Anyone who sends a digital naked picture of themself to anyone is unintelligent in this day and age.
JJ Mclure February 03, 2014 at 07:26 PM
know who you're getting naked with
Robert February 03, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Yes, felony sex crime, because it is a crime. Now if judges would only enforce OP's when revenge violence occurs. These bozo's perpetrators all read from the same script. Flattening tires, vandalism, stalking, etc.... Crook County Domestic violence court is so disheartening for victims.
Taz Man February 04, 2014 at 01:10 AM
Stop watching porn! http://makingandtaking.com/5-reasons-quit-watching-internet-porn/
randy albin February 04, 2014 at 04:28 PM
this is a commentary on the internet. how can this stuff be transmitted? use more common sense. if it looks good then you decide
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT February 04, 2014 at 09:08 PM
There is a site which was on the news today called "Home Wreckers" for women who date married men.
Henry Doomer February 05, 2014 at 08:28 AM
if america was not full of such morons and sluts things like this would never happen.. teach your children not to be stupid.... oh your boyfriend has naked pics of you? too bad... oh you sent your gf a pic of your ding dong....well live and learn.... everyone is making fun of you and hurting your feelings? awwww.......... you know in some parts of the world people you dont know come into your village and hack you to death with a machete... but keep feeling bad about your naked pics on the intrawebs.... usa home of the self centered oblivious...

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