Harsher Penalties for "Revenge Porn" Signed into Law
June 21, 2014
Today, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed House Bill 1750 – Relating to Public Order, a bill substantially similar to my own House Bill 2373, which seeks to combat harassing acts known as "revenge porn."
Revenge porn refers to a person distributing compromising photos and videos of another person with the intent to cause them harm. In these cases, the person depicted may have originally consented to the photos and videos, but the victim did so with the understanding that the photos and videos would remain private. Due to the proliferation of digital photography and videography, revenge porn has become a significant problem in recent years, particularly for women.
This bill is a significant step toward protecting the women and men who find themselves victims of this type of harassment by making it a class C felony to knowingly disclose an image or video of another person who is nude or engaging in sexual conduct, without their consent, with the intent to harm the compromised person.