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House to Take Up 'Revenge Porn' Legislation

 
House to Take Up 'Revenge Porn' Legislation

NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Publishing explicit images of someone without their consent would become a crime under legislation to be voted on by the Rhode Island House.

The bill scheduled for a vote Tuesday aims to stamp out the practice commonly referred to as "revenge porn."

It would make it a felony to post sexually explicit photos of someone without their consent when that person had a "reasonable expectation of privacy."

Doing so would be a felony punishable by up to three years in prison even if the pictures were originally taken with permission.

The Senate has already passed a companion bill.

"Revenge porn" is generally perpetrated by an ex-partner or a hacker for the purpose of humiliation, or some other malicious intent.

SHUTTERSTOCK Dave Newman

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