Virginia outlaws revenge porn

It's believed to be the eighth state do so.

 

Kevin Collier

Internet Culture

Published Apr 30, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 9:42 am CDT

Pervy, bitter Virginians, the clock is ticking: Revenge porn will be illegal in your state come July.

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill that makes it a misdemeanor to post sexually explicit pictures online with the intent of harassing another person. Those found guilty face up to two years in prison and a $500 fine. It’s effective July 1.

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The bill was actually passed March 31, but in a flurry of hundreds of other Virginian bills becoming law. It went relatively unnoticed by the media. (Its various stages of passing legislative hurdles, however, were well-documented.)

Virginia is now believed to be the eighth state to have some sort of law on the books banning the practice, and a number of other states have similar bills in various stages of legislation. A representative for Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) told the Daily Dot she planned to introduce a national revenge porn bill in the “near future.”

Photo by deneyterrio/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III

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*First Published: Apr 30, 2014, 1:56 pm CDT