Arizona Lawmakers Look to Criminalize "Revenge Porn"

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Arizona is joining a growing number of states where legislators are seeking to criminalize so-called "revenge porn."

"Revenge porn" typically comes about after nude images are shared, in confidence, with lovers. When a relationship turns sour and one decides to share his or her ex-lover's nude images with a larger audience, it's termed "revenge porn."

In some cases, these images have been obtained through computer hacking, rather than through an act of a revenge by a jilted ex-lover.

Either way, a bill proposed by a bipartisan group of Arizona lawmakers would make the sharing of revenge porn a felony.

Specifically, House Bill 2515 would make it illegal to "knowingly disclose, display, distribute, publish, advertise, or offer a photograph, videotape, film or digital recording or other reproduction of another person in a state of nudity or engaged in a sexual act without obtaining the written consent of the depicted person."

One of a few exceptions would be sharing images of a person who voluntarily exposed themselves "in a public or commercial setting."

The bill, submitted by Republican Representative J.D. Mesnard, proposes making revenge-porn sharing a class-five felony -- the second-lowest level of felony in Arizona -- but a class-four felony "if the depicted person is recognizable."

According to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a group behind a national push for such laws, only California and New Jersey have "non-consensual pornography" laws on the books right now.

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22 comments
Juan Roque
Juan Roque

LOL! Guys who send pecker shots to chicks shouldn't be allowed to cry foul when she goes and shows the world. Ask Bret Favre.

james8394
james8394

If only liberal bastions California and New Jersey have this type of law I see no chance of it passing in AZ. 

DNichols
DNichols

Tom Hornes concubine Mrs.Chenal must have a little video of Horny bumping uglys?!!

Michael Gianni Giannantonio
Michael Gianni Giannantonio

I'm not surprised. Everything is illegal in Arizona. They love to criminalize everything on the planet. They also love to treat their 'criminals' like crap too. How about people take some responsibility for themselves and their own actions? If you don't want your homemade porn making it's way out to the internet then DON'T RECORD IT IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! Duh....Idiots!!!!

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

So much for the party of small government, huh? When it comes to sex, they're all up in our business.

Catherine Jones McClarin
Catherine Jones McClarin

The Arizona legislature is considering something that makes sense? Wow, that is a shock!

Jesse Hebison
Jesse Hebison

we can still take pictures of are food, right.

Sierra Johnson
Sierra Johnson

There are bigger issues that need to be focused on, not assisting idiots that send unnecessary photos.

David Bovaird
David Bovaird

so the take-away is that the sharing of "consensual pornography" is legal. thanks, nice to know.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Yeah let's work on stopping nudity rather than fixing any of the real problems. Government: always on top of things that matter least.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

with them wanting to criminalize it NOW, it makes me wonder who broke up with their mistress and which mistress has the damning photo's?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I couldn't have said it better than The Shadow except that revenge porn can work both ways. She can always distribute unretouched photos of his little weenie.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

If you're dumb enough to let the pictures be taken in the first place, you shouldn't get all butt hurt when you see them on a billboard while you are driving to work.

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