When Private Photos Become Public: States Take Action Against Revenge Porn

By: Dana Zillgitt, Regular Contributor

What’s the point of revenge porn? Sharing your intimate encounters with somebody across social media without the consent of the one pictured just because you’re angry or want to shame somebody? Never saw the point of it, except if you just want to be a jerk covered in scum. Didn’t we learn anything from the massive iCloud leak that hit celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton? And how while there’s nothing the survivors have to be ashamed of, they’re still made to feel gross about something meant for one set of eyes in particular?

Thankfully, states like Illinois, Texas, and California are taking note of the infringement on privacy, Illinois being the most recent so far. Across the board, it seems to be punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of $25,000.  The fact that we’re finally taking privacy laws seriously, especially in regards to sexuality and including technological advances in those laws as well.

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There has been speculation about why this even needs to be on the law books or even how to define it, citing free speech and anti-harassment laws. But lawmakers in Illinois and other states are fighting back with the notion that victims of this type of infringement need to feel protected and that not only is it an invasion of privacy but also of trust.

So where do we go from here? About a dozen states have passed laws outlawing revenge porn with hefty consequences. And a lot more people are getting upset about this while we’re hearing more and more stories about jilted ex lovers trying to find a way to make the one who left or got away feel some more remorse. Is there anything left to be done? And are laws enough?

As with anything, there needs to be a discussion: an open and frank discussion as to why these laws are necessary when the crime shouldn’t even exist in the first place. Revenge porn is becoming more and more of an issue unfortunately and it’s a great sign that states are finally taking a stand against it. 

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About Dana

Dana_Zillgitt.jpgDana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.

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