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OK Senate: Bill makes 'revenge porn' a crime

Posted at 4:51 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 17:58:09-05
If passed, Senate Bill 1257 will make "revenge porn" a crime.
 
Senator David Holt, Republican, is spearheading the legislation and asking that a first offense be a misdemeanor and a second offense be a felony, according to documents from the Republican's office.
 
 
Revenge porn is generally described as people who have exchanged nude photos or videos while on good terms. When the relationship turns sour, however, one of the people will send those photos to others, without consent, as a way to get revenge. 
 
Holt said in a statement, "Non-consensual pornography is a destructive act that especially targets women, and it should be a crime."
 
So far the bill has passed the Senate Appropriation Committee and now heads to the Senate floor for a vote on March 10. 
 
Holt further explained the purpose of the law: 
 
 "SB 1257 provides that a  person commits a crime  when they intentionally  disseminate an image of  another identifiable person  who is engaged in a sexual  act or is nude; they  obtained the image under  circumstances  that would  lead a reasonable person to  know that the  image was private; and they knew or should have known that the dissemination was nonconsensual. It exempts disseminations related  to law enforcement investigations or when the exposure or sexual act was committed in public or in a commercial setting."