'Revenge Porn' bill passes unanimously in Colorado House; legislation being considered in 27 states

Measure carries fine up to $10,000

DENVER - A bill that would criminalize the trend known as "revenge porn" passed unanimously in the Colorado house Tuesday. 

"I think we all see the need for it, and support for this is overwhelming," said Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, who sponsored the legislation. "We have no law on the books for this. The police say 'I'm sorry, we can't do anything about this.'"

The measure would make it a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $10,000 to post intimate photos of a person -- typically a former lover or spouse -- without consent and with the purpose of humiliating them.

It would also make it possible for the victim to order the pictures removed from the Internet.

The bill will now go to a Senate committee.

Colorado is one of 27 states considering similar legislation.

 

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