'Revenge porn' targeted in new legislation in New York City

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'Revenge porn' targeted in new legislation in New York City

"New Yorkers deserve a non-consensual porn criminal law. and that protection should be regardless of the motives of the offender", said NY based attorney Carrie Goldberg, who specializes in sexual harassment crimes. More than 30 states have laws against revenge porn.

The city council voted unanimously to criminalize revenge porn Thursday afternoon, making it punishable by up to a year in prison. The 27-year-old from New York City stood with Council Member Rory Lancman and others who are introducing new legislation, which is expected to pass and it targets those who engage in the practice of "revenge porn".

CNN reports that intending to cause harm to someone by disclosing or threatening to disclose intimate images of them will soon be considered a misdemeanor. She said he obscured her face but her body was there for the world to see.

Facebook also cracked down on revenge porn this year. "Special victims and computer crimes prosecutors across the city are hopeful that would-be offenders will now be deterred from engaging in this conduct".

"This is the kind of legislation that shouldn't be necessary but unfortunately it is", he said.

"I think it's a very positive sign that NYC is attempting to address this issue, given the gravity of the harm and the fact that the state legislation on this subject has stalled so far", Mary Anne Franks, a professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law and the Legislative & Tech Policy Director at the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, told Gizmodo in an email. The criminal portion will take place 60 days afterward.

A 2016 study by the Data & Society Research Institute and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research found that 1 in 25 Americans had been a victim of "revenge porn".

"I wanted to die", she said.

But Franks says the bill isn't perfect-as the legislation states, it is against the law for someone to share another person's intimate image without their consent, "with the intent to cause economic, physical, or substantial emotional harm", which Franks said "mischaracterizes the underlying harm of abuse".

NY attorney Carrie Goldberg, for example, told CNN, "that protection should be regardless of the motives of the offender".

At least 38 states plus the District of Columbia have laws to combat the problem of revenge porn, which has proliferated online. But it didn't pertain to photos which were willingly taken, and often become fodder for those who would disseminate revenge porn.

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