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RI lawmakers pitch bill to stop 'revenge porn'

RI lawmakers pitch bill to stop 'revenge porn'

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Some Rhode Island lawmakers want to make it a crime for someone to post explicit photos of an ex-partner without permission.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and two legislators plan to introduce a bill that would make it a felony to post so-called "revenge porn." The term refers to sexually explicit photos or videos of a person posted online without the subject's permission, often by an angry ex-partner.

Sen. Erin Lynch plans to sponsor the legislation. The Democrat said Monday that tough criminal penalties might discourage the practice, which she says is devastating to victims.

A spokeswoman for Kilmartin says he also wants to make it a crime for an adult to send sexually explicit material to a minor over the Internet.

Lawmakers will reconvene in Providence next month.

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