"Revenge Porn" bill closer to becoming law

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Springfield - A proposal could make it illegal to display what some call "revenge porn."

 

The proposal is one step closer to becoming law in Illinois. A state senate committee unanimously passed the bill on Wednesday.

 

The bill will make it a felony to post sexual material of another person on the Internet without their consent. It would be classified as a class 4 felony punishable by up to three years in prison, and a $25,000 fine.

 

Democratic State Senator, Michael Hastings sponsored the measure. He says "revenge porn" often posted by angry ex-boyfriends, girlfriends or spouses has serous harmful effects, even leading a victim to commit suicide.

 

Hastings also added " employers now Google their employees. And when they do, the last thing you want them to find is a naked picture or someone else. And it prevents them from getting a job!"

 

Currently only New Jersey and California have passed laws making it illegal. However, 15 other states are considering similar measures.


The bill is Senate Bill 2694

Online: http://bit.ly/1kYnNwc

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