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Opinion: “Revenge Porn” Should Be Illegal


August 30, 2013

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Prof. Danielle Keats Citron outlines the reasons she believes “revenge porn,” or the nonconsensual disclosure of nude photos online, should be punishable by criminal law in this CNN report. The practice raises the risk of offline stalking, costs victims job opportunities with the prevalent use of search engines in employee background checks and causes severe anxiety in victims, Citron says. New Jersey is currently the only state in which revenge porn is illegal, and California is considering a similar law, but Citron wants the federal cyberstalking law amended to “cover the use of any interactive computer service to produce or disclose a sexually graphic visual depiction of an individual without that individual's consent.”
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