Revenge porn – sometimes known as – has been defined as the act of distributing intimate photography through different means without the individual’s consent.

While revenge is not always the motivating factor, this act seems to be increasingly utilized by the perpetrator as retaliation for romantic relationships going south, and is becoming more and more prominent with the growing popularity of sexting.

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Currently, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, and South Carolina have bills pending in legislation.

New Hampshire’s law classifies the behavior as a Class B felony and goes into effect on July 18, and considers it a Gross Misdemeanor.

The state of Virginia categorizes their law under .

Specifically, they have ruled that anyone who disseminates or depicts another person who is totally nude, or is exposing genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or female breast when they are not authorized to do so is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the latest research on sextortion – which is closely related – and discussed revenge porn two years ago when it started to ping our radars.

]), I thought it was time to take a closer look at the phenomenon.It is clear that revenge porn remains a top agenda item for legislators across the United States; the CCRI worked with California congresswoman Jackie Speier to proposal a federal law in this area in 2015 entitled the Intimate Privacy Protection Act.In my professional opinion, I believe it will come to pass after Congress and the powers that be sort out the First Amendment implications (for a great discussion on this, please see Pace Law Professor John Humbach’s paper on this from September 2014 entitled The Constitution and Revenge Porn).Victims can also utilize Domain Tools to find contact information about specific site hosts and domains and contact them directly about taking images down via their “[email protected]” email address.Another helpful resource is Without My Consent, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing advice and strategies to help combat online harassment.Most outlaw the “dissemination of intimate images” because of the lack of consent from the affected party, while some states recognize the behavior as an act of cyberharassment and stalking, and prohibit it in that respect.