Revenge porn could become a federal crime in the U.S. if Calif. Rep. Jackie Speier has her way

Feb 27, 2015
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If Congresswoman Jackie Speier has her way, the United States could finally be on the verge of creating a federal law banning revenge porn, reports Gizmodo.

Rep. Jackie Speier

Rep. Jackie Speier

 

Representative Speier told the publication that the bill will be introduced sometime this spring. “Today, it’s possible to ruin someone’s life with the click of a button, by publishing another person’s private images without their consent,” said Rep. Speier. “Our laws haven’t yet caught up with this crime.”

As with all federal laws, Speier’s national revenge porn bill is designed to deter people from committing the crime, by making revenge porn a federal offense. Not only would individuals who upload and share content without someone else’s consent be liable, but so would people who run revenge porn sites. These criminal penalties will be doled out depending on the severity of the issue, because there is no one punishment that fits every crime possible within the confines of the bill.

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