Is the Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images a Federal Offense Yet?
Picture this: You begin casually seeing someone. Due to demands on both of your schedules, you cannot spend as much time with them as you normally would want to. To compensate for that, both of you share intimate photos of yourselves. After a few months, you decide to break things off. The person you have been seeing is not happy about this. To get back at you, they decide to share your intimate photos without notifying you or asking for permission.
This is Revenge Porn.
Victims of revenge porn often feel violated, and rightly so. When images that were meant for private use are made public, it is common to feel embarrassed, ashamed, and angry. Fortunately, most victims of revenge porn do have legal recourse. Unfortunately, not every victim will be able to fight for their rights since revenge porn distribution is not yet a federal crime.
Right now, 46 states plus Washington D.C. and the territory of Guam have laws against distributing revenge porn. Victims living in Massachusetts, Missouri, South Carolina, and Wyoming will have a more difficult time prosecuting their violators.
Revenge porn is a serious offense and deserves to be treated as such at a federal level. Leniency and double standards for revenge porn perpetrators recently came under fire after California Representative Katie Hill had intimate images of herself shared with Republican opposition by her then-husband. Hill wound up resigning over the images and the ensuing scandal, which lead to many people demanding federal punishment for revenge porn distribution. In this situation, Hill’s husband intentionally victimized his wife, and it wound up having a disastrous effect on her life. This is abhorrently wrong.
The legal team at We Rise Legal agrees that there should be federal laws on the books about nonconsensual distribution of intimate images. We hope that change happens fast, but in the meantime, we will be here to defend victims in any way that we can.
If you have been the victim of revenge porn, call us today about support and representation. We can help you to take your power back.