Maryland News – Revenge Porn legislation Passed

Maryland delegates approve ‘revenge porn’ legislation


“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 founder Hunter Moore and 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.” 

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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!

I Heart Revenge Porn: New York Fails Its First Case – The Daily Beast

“Ian Barber failed his girlfriend’s trust and then New York State failed to protect her. She has been made to suffer twice. The first was on July 26, 2013, when Barber decided to tweet naked photos of her and to share those photos with her sister and her employer. The second was on Feb. 19 when a New York judge dismissed all criminal charges against Barber.

In New York’s first revenge porn case, Judge Steven M. Statsinger ruled that Barber’s behavior “while reprehensible, does not violate any of the criminal statues under which he is charged.”  The three charges against him were: aggravated harassment, dissemination of an unlawful surveillance image, and public display of offensive sexual material.

Reading through Judge Statsinger’s decision reveals why New York and, for that matter, every state is in desperate need of adequate revenge porn legislation. The current legal system does not sufficiently handle modern forms of cyber harassment, nor make allowances for the realities of modern dating and courtship.”

Read the full article via: I Heart Revenge Porn: New York Fails Its First Case – The Daily Beast.

Revenge porn: What would you do if your ex posted naked photos of you online? – Telegraph

A powerful advocate in the UK who joined the fight to End Revenge Porn

“…Heather Robertson, 23, has decided [the revenge porn laws] must change. The final year law student at York University has begun a campaign called ‘Ban Revenge Porn’, pushing the UK government to legislate to recognise revenge porn as a sexual crime. At the moment it can only be challenged by civil claims such as those mentioned above.”

Read the full article via Revenge porn: What would you do if your ex posted naked photos of you online? – Telegraph.

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