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New York Makes Revenge Porn A Misdemeanor

July 23, 2019 - 11:21 am
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880/AP) -- New York is catching up to most other states by criminalizing revenge porn.
 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday making it a misdemeanor to distribute intimate photos of another person without their consent. Violators will face up to a year in jail.
 
The new law, which takes effect in 60 days, also will permit victims to sue the person who distributed their photos and seek a court order to have online images taken down.

 "Our laws have not kept pace with technology and how abusers can use it to harass, intimidate and humiliate intimate partners," Cuomo stated. "By criminalizing the publication of revenge porn, we are empowering victims of this heinous act to take action against their abusers and showing them a path to justice." 
 
Debated for years, the bill had been held up over concerns that internet companies could be held legally responsible for inadvertently allowing revenge porn photos online.

The legislation's Senate sponsor, Democrat Monica Martinez of Long Island, says the new law addresses what she calls a "particularly heinous'' kind of offense.

"We are sending a strong message that this behavior will no longer be tolerated in the State of New York, and in doing so we are empowering victims to take a stand against this kind of violation," Martinez said. 

Assembly Member Edward Braunstein said classifying revenge porn as a Class A misdemeaner will provide prosecutors with "the tools necessary to punish those who engage in this type of reprehensible behavior. "

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