Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

May 2, 2014

Revenge porn would be criminalized by proposed law

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Posting sexually explicit photos of someone online without permission could result in jail time or fines under legislation introduced in the state Senate.

Revenge porn or cyber revenge involves publishing graphic images of a person online, usually with the intention of harassing the subject or hurting that person's reputation. Ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends and hackers often post the photos or videos.

The bills would make it illegal to post those images online without the subject's written permission. The national Cyber Civil Rights Initiative says similar laws exist in three states and are under consideration in several state legislatures.

Republican bill sponsor Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge says "everyone deserves to have their privacy protected" and cyber revenge is "a growing problem in America that affects both men and women."

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