Protecting Victims Of Revenge Porn

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According to a recent study, nearly 1 in every 25 Americans fall victim to the exploitation of non-consensual pornography.
With technology, the distribution of intimate photos can be faster and more widespread than ever before, and doing so without consent has become known as “revenge porn.”

Under current state law, there are no criminal repercussions for distributing these images, which are often shared between consenting adults but can be used as blackmail during a relationship or when a relationship ends. Many legislators are taking action to protect those whose intimate photos are shared without their consent.
Legislation I supported would make it a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison for those who distribute intimate images of someone without their consent. For repeat offenders, charges would be enhanced to a Level 6 felony, with a maximum two-and-a-half-year prison sentence.
This action could ensure the privacy of Hoosiers is maintained, and Indiana would join 12 other states with similar “revenge porn” laws. This proposal is now moving to the Senate for consideration. To learn more, click here.

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