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Proposal to Crack Down on 'Revenge Porn' Closer to Becoming Law in Virginia

Bill to make it a crime to maliciously post sexually explicit images of others against their wishes in the Commonwealth awaits governor's signature.

The so-called "revenge porn" legislative proposal by Del. Marcus Simon (Va.-53) is closer to becoming a reality after House and Senate passage.
The so-called "revenge porn" legislative proposal by Del. Marcus Simon (Va.-53) is closer to becoming a reality after House and Senate passage.

The so-called "revenge porn" legislative proposal has been passed by the Virginia House and Senate and now awaits the governor's signature.

The bill would make it a crime to maliciously post explicit images of others against their wishes. Virginia is one of several sites around the country to take up the measure, introduced by Del. Marcus Simon (Va.-53). 

"I am very pleased that the General Assembly has worked in a bipartisan fashion to craft a carefully considered bill that makes it a crime to maliciously post sexually explicit images of another against their wishes in the Commonwealth," Simon said Friday in a statement, regarding the passage of HB 326, which incorporates his HB 49

"Given the overwhelming support this bill received in both houses," he said, "I am optimistic that the Governor will soon be signing it into law."

Nicole Coon, a victim of revenge pornography, said: "When I first realized I was a victim of revenge pornography, I was angry and hurt. No legal recourse meant that I was going to continue to be a victim through no fault of my own. The Senate & House's passage of this legislation is a huge weight off my shoulders. Knowing that my voice is being heard and that my story can help others is truly gratifying. I want to thank the officer who provided me the opportunity to be involved with Delegate Simon and his staff. They have all been a blessing and I will continue to be thankful for their help."

The full text of the bill can be read here.

The next stop will be a signature by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Rick Young March 02, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Great for both sexes and especially children. Anyone voting against this should be asked to explain WHY. All bullying should be applied to this law and addressed at the Federal level. All bullies must be hammer and hammered very severely by Federal laws.
Drew Chapman March 02, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Natassia -- By the way, if you think that porn women are "quite possibly" being exploited, you might want to do some online research into this. The evidence is all there, and it's far from "quite possibly." And it's beyond exploitation to abuse. Worse yet, the numbers of women (and girls) involved are exponentially greater than in the past. Here are a few links to get you started: http://allthingshyper.tumblr.com/post/57195356013/confessions-of-former-pornstars-tw-rape-tw-abuse http://www.policymic.com/articles/66025/porn-stars-can-t-leave-the-industry-and-here-s-why http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/08/09/from-deep-throat-to-lovelace-how-porn-industry-has-changed/
Emmette Coleman March 14, 2014 at 11:09 PM
Posting pornography of others without their consent should be illegal, regardless of whether said pornography would constitute "revenge porn". It doesn't make that that much difference whether or not it's "revenge porn", that should probably at most that should be an aggravating circumstance. "Revenge porn" or not, just don't go posting pornography of someone without his consent.
Laurie McCabe April 11, 2014 at 01:32 AM
Neil Fox is an ignorant pig ... just like is anyone seeking revenge by damaging a person's life in this way ... we criminalize things that are immoral; evil; malicious; deceitful; etc.
Laurie McCabe April 11, 2014 at 01:33 AM
I can hardly wait for July 1, 2014 when lakemonster is charged here in VA Beach.

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