GOOD NEWS for a change! “Revenge porn” has just been outlawed in California! Yay anti-porn team! 🙂
[Daily Journal] — SACRAMENTO, California — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill outlawing so-called revenge pornography and levying possible jail time for people who post naked photos of their exes after bitter breakups.
Senate Bill 255, which takes effect immediately, makes it a misdemeanor to post identifiable nude pictures of someone else online without permission with the intent to cause emotional distress or humiliation. The penalty is up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
“Until now, there was no tool for law enforcement to protect victims,” the bill’s author, Sen. Anthony Cannella, said in a statement. “Too many have had their lives upended because of an action of another that they trusted.”
Cannella, a Republican from Ceres, has said revenge pornography is a growing problem in the age of social media, when photos and videos that were made privately during a relationship can find their way onto hundreds of websites.
Before the criminal law was enacted, California allowed victims to sue their virtual assailants, but that is an expensive and time-consuming option.
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