Maryland News – Revenge Porn legislation Passed

Maryland delegates approve ‘revenge porn’ legislation

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“The Maryland House of Delegates has approved legislation that would make it a crime to disseminate “revenge porn” — using private, intimate photos or videos to harass or embarrass someone, often once a relationship ends.

The bill, which passed in a 130 to 0 vote Friday morning, sets penalties for those who cause “serious emotional distress to another by intentionally placing” an identifiable pornographic image, video or recording online. Those found guilty of the crime would face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.”

Read the full article via: Maryland delegates approve ‘revenge porn’ legislation – The Washington Post.

 

Maryland Just Became One of the Most Progressive States in the Union


“And porn, oh my:
 Additionally, the Maryland legislature voted unanimously to outlaw“revenge porn,” making intentionally inflicting “serious emotional distress” by uploading sexually explicit materials of another without their consent punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Revenge porn has come under particular government scrutiny in the previous year, culminating in the arrests of IsAnyoneUp.com founder Hunter Moore and UGotPosted.com owner Kevin Bollaert
. Though O’Malley has not yet said he will sign the bill, the legislation’s unanimous support means that his signature is all but a sure thing.” 

Read the full article via: http://www.policymic.com/articles/87303/maryland-just-became-one-of-the-most-progressive-states-in-the-union

Maryland Passed Revenge Porn Bill

IT PASSED! MARYLAND’S HOUSE BILL 43 IS ON ITS WAY TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK!!!!!

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2014RS/bills/hb/hb0043f.pdf

Letter to Senator Brian Frosh

Senator Frosh,

 
It has come to my attention that the fate of House Bill 43, Del Simmons’ Revenge Porn bill, is in your hands.
 
As a survivor of this heinous behavior and advocate for victims nationwide, I offer the following statistics for your consideration:
 
90% of victims of Revenge Porn are women.
 
59% of victims of Revenge Porn have had their full names posted alongside their images. 
 
49% of victims of Revenge Porn have had their social networking information posted alongside their images. 
 
49% of victims of Revenge Porn have been harassed or stalked offline by men who saw their images online. 
 
93% of victims of Revenge Porn reported suffering significant emotional distress, many reporting suicidal thoughts and attempts. 
 
I attempted suicide as a result of my own victimization. 
 
Within the current legislative session:
 
18 states + Puerto Rico have Revenge Porn legislation that has passed a committee or is awaiting a governor’s signature;
4 states have signed bills into law; and 
 
4 countries have made Revenge Porn a crime. 
 
This is not an issue that can be ignored, Senator. 
 
If you are concerned about First Amendment violations, I offer a few facts to put your concerns to rest:
1) “Carefully crafted criminal statutes prohibiting malicious, harmful conduct such as stalking, harassment, and threats have not been held to violate First Amendment principles.”2
2) “The non-consensual disclosure of sexually graphic images is a matter of purely private concern which the Supreme Court has held does not warrant the robust protection afforded to expression of matters of public concern.”3
3) “Sexually intimate images of individuals disclosed without consent belongs to the category of ‘obscenity,’ which the Supreme Court has determined does not receive First Amendment protection.”4
All eyes are on Maryland, Senator Frosh. Prove your commitment to the people of the state you represent. Vote House Bill 43 out of committee and onto the governor’s desk.
Unrelenting,
~Annmarie J. Chiarini
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www.annmariechiarini.com

@annmarichiarini

https://www.facebook.com/pages/AnnmarieChiarini/133132460113259

 

[2] Franks, M.A. (2013). Combating Non-Consensual Pornography: A Working Paper. Available at http://www.endrevengeporn.org/impact-legislation-in-your-state.html

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid. Noted First Amendment scholar Eugene Volokh has written that “a suitably clear and narrow statute banning nonconsensual posting of nude pictures of another, in a context where there’s good reason to think that the subject did not consent to publication of such pictures, would likely be upheld by the courts … [C]ourts can rightly conclude that as a categorical matter such nude pictures indeed lack First Amendment value.” The Volokh Conspiracy, http://www.volokh.com/2013/04/10/florida-revenge-porn-bill/.

Friends! The Maryland Revenge Porn Bill needs your help!

Senator Frosh appears to be “sitting on” HB43 and is not planning to vote it out of his committee. Time is running short.

Please call or email his office ASAP and urge Senator Frosh to vote in favor of House Bill 43.

Here is his contact info
Thank you!
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