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Senate Approves 'Revenge Porn' Legislation

 
Senate Approves 'Revenge Porn' Legislation

NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate has endorsed legislation that would make it a crime to post explicit photos of an ex-partner in a practice known as "revenge porn."

Senators approved the bill 33-0 on Tuesday.

The legislation sponsored by Sen. Erin Lynch would make it a felony to post sexually explicit photos or video of a person online without their permission. The Democrat has said that tougher penalties might make someone think twice before they post such pictures, which can be embarrassing and hurtful.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office first proposed the legislation a few years ago as part of a package of Internet safety bills.

Rhode Island law doesn't specifically address "revenge porn."

A companion bill is pending in a House committee.

 

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