‘Revenge porn’ victim seeks new laws in Kansas, Missouri – KSNT (press release) (registration) (blog)

Revenge porn victim seeks new laws in Kansas and Missouri
Alecia Clemmons’ world changed after someone posted online naked pictures that her former husband had taken, along with her name and address.

The Kansas City-area woman had to move, get a new job and endure a torrent of abusive and sexually suggestive emails and messages.

Clemmons was “absolutely astounded,” to discover that what happened to her — called “revenge porn” — is not illegal in Kansas or Missouri, The Kansas City Star reported.

It’s illegal in both states to photograph people without their knowledge or to use compromising pictures for blackmail, but it is not illegal to make public pictures taken during an intimate relationship, even without the consent of the person pictured.

The single mother of two sons said that after she recovered from the initial humiliation, she decided to advocate for change. Clemmons testified last year in favor of bills in Kansas and Missouri that would criminalize “revenge porn,” but neither measure made it out of committee.

Rep. Stephanie Clayton, a Republican from Overland Park, Kansas, who introduced a revenge porn bill, said laws need to catch up with cellphone technology. She also said that some legislators still have an attitude that people who share those types of pictures deserve whatever they get.

Rep. Kevin Engler, a Republican from Farmington, proposed a similar bill in Missouri.

“It destroys lives,” he said. “It needs to be addressed.”

Clemmons said her life was turned upside down, having to endure aggressive emails and messages from “every scumbag in the world.”

“It was awful,” she said. “They said such grotesque things.”

She has met many other victims and started a Facebook group, “End Revenge Pornography Missouri & Kansas,” to educate the public. She said she is especially concerned after hearing stories of teenagers who committed suicide after they discovered their pictures were online.

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia currently have revenge porn laws.

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Revenge porn, stillborn baby burials, medical pot among Texas laws starting this week

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Think you can settle a score with a former spouse or ex-lover by posting sexually explicit photos or videos of him or her online?

Think again.

A new Texas state law that goes into effect Tuesday that outlaws the practice — commonly known as “revenge porn” — could land a disgruntled partner a year in jail, or, a fine of up to $4,000, for posting the embarrassing material without the consent of the former mate. Read the rest…

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What Israel’s New Revenge Porn Ban Means – Tablet Magazine

One of Israel’s first measures of the new year has been outlawing revenge porn, the practice of posting naked or otherwise incriminating photographs or videos of an ex-lover online to a public site. MK Yifat Kariv of Yesh Atid, currently serving her first term in office, led the amendment, calling the practice of uploading nude images of an ex “virtual rape.” According to the new law,

offenders who upload photos or videos without the consent of their partner can face up to five years in prison, and the victim will be eligible for up to 50,000 NIS without proof of damage, and higher compensation if damages are proven,

explains Elad Peled, a lecturer of defamation law and head of the research division at Lexidale International Policy Consulting. “The publisher may enjoy a defense where the publication was made with good faith, or for a legitimate cause, or where it raises public concern.”While the legislation is similar to bills proposed in New Jersey and New York—and already adopted in California—the measures are being approached differently in the two countries. The Israeli law amends Israel’s Bill for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment, whereas New Jersey’s law, for example, is being classified as an “invasion of privacy” law.  Jordan Kovnot, adjunct professor of Internet Law at Fordham Law School and attorney at OlenderFeldman LLP, explained that the reason victims of revenge porn had little recourse in the past is because of the “Communications Decency Act” from the 1990s, which enabled websites to make decisions about editing inappropriate content. “Unlike a print magazine which exercises editorial control, Congress wanted websites to freely edit out or delete comments that they found objectionable without fear that they could be sued.” So when it comes to revenge porn, which is typically posted to third-party sites, the website is legally protected from having to remove the content. “They can choose to, but they don’t have to. If you’re in the business of revenge porn, you’re not likely to be sympathetic to their concern.”Hence the new laws. None of the American legislation attempts to change the legal framework; all of them instead address instead the person posting the offensive material.

In California, as of October 1, 2013, a jilted ex might want to think twice before recording and posting a photo of the girl who left him—it could land him in jail for up to one year, plus a $1,000 fine.

“Many legislators have historically been hesitant to impose restrictions on the internet, which has thrived largely because it has been regulated by a light touch,” says Kovnot, “but you see A few instances where legislators are willing to buck that trend”—such as laws protecting children’s rights online, or legislation addressing pirated music and movies.“This is the next wave of laws that we’re going to start seeing around the country. The victims here are typically very sympathetic. They trusted someone, that trust was broken in a devastated way, and up until now they have had very few options for recourse,” says Kovnot. Legislation against revenge porn, even photos taken by the victim, protects those who make decisions in the blush of a relationship, not thinking of a time when that blush might wear off.

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