Ravages of Revenge Porn Lead to Federal Crime Push

Ravages of Revenge Porn Lead to Federal Crime Push

Law Enforcement Efforts Underway to End “Revenge Porn”

In what law enforcement officers say is a disturbing national trend, more and more people (mostly men) have taken to posting nude photos of former lovers on the Internet, customarily in revenge for the termination of a relationship. Authorities say tens of thousands of women have been victimized on Facebook and other social media sites when former boyfriends or intimate partners post such pictures. A study conducted by McAfee, manufacturer of computer antivirus and security programs, found that half of those polled had shared personal images with friends or loved ones, and that 10% had been threatened with un-consented posting of nude or compromising photos.

According to sources at the End Revenge Porn campaign, in Miami, victims have traditionally had difficulty getting police and prosecutors to take any action against those who would post such pictures without permission. One victim who contacted local, state and federal law enforcement officials was told by all that no crime had been committed. With involvement from End Revenge Porn, 16 states have now enacted laws making revenge porn illegal.

Not everyone believes it’s a good idea to criminalize “revenge porn,” however. Civil liberties proponents say there are serious 1st Amendment issues that must be addressed, as well as issues related to how the pictures came to be taken. Some fear that it could lead to the criminalization of a forward of an unsolicited nude photo, or that it could prevent the posting of photos that have “valuable newsworthy nudity.”

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