Indiana House Passes Bills to Create Criminal and Civil Penalties for 'Revenge Porn'

Indiana House Passes Bills to Create Criminal and Civil Penalties for ‘Revenge Porn’

Two bills aimed at penalizing those who share intimate or pornographic images without a person’s consent have cleared the Indiana House of Representatives.

The two measures would establish penalties in both criminal and civil courts.

Currently, there is nothing in Indiana law to punish what is commonly referred to as “revenge porn,” distribution of pornographic images or videos without someone’s consent. Rep. Mike Speedy’s (R-Indianapolis) bill makes it a Class A misdemeanor to do so and a Level 6 felony if an offender does it more than once. Speedy points to the recent case of a Hamilton County teacher.

“Formerly married woman whose ex-husband distributed images throughout the community and the police were wanting to help her but couldn’t,” Speedy says.

Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) bill creates monetary penalties, in civil court, for revenge porn.

“And this is one tool in the tool chest to hopefully stop some of these problems that are occurring in our society,” Negele says.

Both measures will now head back to the Senate.

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