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October 9, 2013

New York’s plan to ban ‘revenge porn’ gains support

The new law would be more powerful than the one existing in California.

By CBR Staff Writer

New York’s move to ban ‘revenge porn’ is gaining traction with latest proposals from lawmakers to punish people posting nude or sexually explicit pictures of ex-partners online in a bid to harm their reputations.

As part of the move, lawmakers are planning to bring in bills to deal with it in 2014.

New York State Senator Phil Boyle proposes to necessitate penalties of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, while Queens Assemblyman Francisco Moya seeks making revenge porn as a Class E felony carrying a punishment of up to 4 years in prison.

Boyle said that ‘Revenge porn’ can ruin a woman’s life, family and career.

"As the social media phenomenon grows, more and more women are being violated and exploited by their ex-boyfriends and husbands," Boyle said.

"These private images go viral to the world and women have little or no legal recourse. I will introduce a bill to give law enforcement the tools to protect victims of revenge porn."

New York’s move come in the wake of California, which signed into law a bill banning the publication of such material during early October 2013.

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