Poll: Should the Government Outlaw 'Revenge Porn'?

Should the practice of humiliation and harassment online be a crime?

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By Eleanor Stanford

Should 'revenge porn' be illegal, or is it simply a perverse but protected example of speech?

The free flow of information on the Internet has made it easy for people to punish former significant others with embarrassing photos and videos often of a sexually explicit nature and posted without consent to websites.

This week New York considered following in the footsteps of states such as California and New Jersey. The New York state Senate approved legislation that would criminalize “revenge porn.” The bill still must be considered by the New York State Assembly.

Bills criminalizing “revenge porn” have been introduced or are pending in at least 27 states this year. Legislation has been enacted in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The postings are typically made by ex-partners or hackers in an attempt to humiliate or harass the individual. Posts often include personal details and links to social media profiles. Some websites also charge a fee to have the materials removed.

  • We want to hear from you: How strict do you think the punishment should be for posting revenge porn? Do you feel concerned about your privacy online? Let us know in the Comments section below.

“Revenge porn” has been highly controversial. In 2012 Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail for posting a video of his roommate having sex with another man. The roommate, Tyler Clementi, didn’t know he was being filmed via webcam. He committed suicide after Ravi shared the video online.

In recent years, “revenge porn” victims across the country have filed lawsuits against both the websites and the people posting the explicit material.

stanley seigler June 22, 2014 at 07:38 AM
Stephen D. Clark June 21, 2014 at 08:17 PM sez, "... you don't represent my comments fairly" >> dont think i have represented your support of porn in anyway ... have just stated my opine and posted facts and the opinions of others re risk and negative outcomes of abhorrent sex acts as portrayed in much porn. ____________________________________________________ +++ you OTOH have just expressed the pleasure you get from porn >> ie, you have NOT presented any ref/links to confirm yo opine that PORN is a positive for society. ____________________________________________________+++ RDC sez, "and you [stanley] are unable to form a coherent, logical defense of your own position." >> this a prime example of "psychological projection". ____________________________________________________+++ Psychological projection is the act or technique of defending oneself against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in oneself, while attributing them to others. ____________________________________________________+++ For example, a person who is unable to form a coherent, logical defense of their own opinions ... may constantly accuse others of being unable to form a coherent, logical defense of their own position. >> the shoe fits SDC. ____________________________________________________+++ Best of luck to you with the rest of your life on planet porn
stanley seigler June 22, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Steve M June 21, 2014 at 03:14 PM sez: "If they routinely sent a bottle of free vodka to every person in a any given city, the rate of alcoholism would go up" ____________________________________________________ +++ good analogy and excellent ideas in general >> but first the myth that porn is an expression of free speech must be debunked >> the FIRST does not guarantee the right to yell fire in a crowded theater: this principle should apply to anything that threatens (puts at risk) the fabric of a moral society and poisons the minds of our children.
stanley seigler June 22, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Renee Cwiek June 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM SEZ, "... a little thing called free choice." ____________________________________________________ +++ children and sick minds do not have free choice >> they must be protected from the dregs of society ... the greedy, evil, drug dealers and porn peddlers >> society it self must be protected from these dregs. ____________________________________________________ +++ "I [RC] just don't agree with your very conservative opinion." >> as a forever bleeding heart i dont see my opine as 'very conservative' and neither do my fellow bleeding hearts >> it's a moral, not political, issue. ____________________________________________________ believe RC confuses a conservative opine w/ a radical feminist arguments that show pornography causes sexual violence against women >> BTW i agree with the radical feminist and doubt many GOPs are feminists and vice-versa.
stanley seigler June 22, 2014 at 01:52 PM
re: believe RC [Renee Cwiek] confuses a conservative opine w/ a radical feminist arguments that show pornography causes sexual violence against women ____________________________________________________+++ some folks are confused re which groups support >> Renee Cwiek believes anti-porn are conservative views when they are factually supported by most all liberal orgs and no conservative (GOP) groups >> any indication otherwise appreciated, wantta get it right ... ____________________________________________________+++ to offer a lil help to folks form a "coherent, logical defense" of their position. >> this specific to pro/con anti-porn positions, but indicative of many lacking "a coherent, logical " understanding of the issues >> eg, again renee's belief anti-porn is a conservative position. ____________________________________________________+++ anti-porn positions are almost 100% bleeding hearts' positions >> FYI: "Beginning in the late 1970s, anti-pornography radical feminists formed organizations such as Women Against Pornography, Women Against Violence in Pornography and Media, Women Against Violence Against Women, Feminists Fighting Pornography, and like groups that provided educational events." >> "Reformist feminists believe that gender inequality can be eliminated through legislative or electoral reforms without the need to alter the capitalist system itself. Groups such as the National Organization for Women and NARAL/Pro-Choice America typify reformist feminism." ____________________________________________________+++ NONE OF THE GROUPS mentioned in the above CLIPs are GOP DARLINGS! ____________________________________________________ +++ renee, hope this helps you and others crystallizes (understand) your “ I love porn" positions and others who also love porn >> seems most women groups are NOT porn lovers!
Tammy Cook June 25, 2014 at 11:11 PM
If I put posters of revenge porn up on every street corner of the city where my ex lived, I'd be arrested. Of course, those posters would have the address where my OWN CHILDREN RESIDE, as I ask every freak on the street to go pay the ex a little visit for some free sex. I'd also make sure I list her place of employment with her supervisors phone number for some added fun. Wise up people - this doesn't have anything to do with so-called free speech. As far as the alleged "slut" who put herself in a compromising position, let's not forget the reason her photographer was so adamant on taking pics for "a little loyalty insurance." Abuse is still abuse and stalking is still stalking. The only difference here is the technology.


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