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Maryland lawmaker proposes bill to criminalize 'Revenge Porn'

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A Maryland delegate will propose a bill Wednesday to criminalize 'Revenge Porn' - a disclosure of sexually explicit photos and videos of an ex-partner without their permission.

The bill, being put forth by Delegate Jon Cardin, would make it a felony to share such images or videos online.
         
If it passes, it would be the first bill of its kind in the Free State and only the third in the nation.

Supporters of the bill say 'Revenge Porn ' not only provides endless emotional damage but can also increase the risk of offline stalking and physical attacks on the victim.
         
The felony charges would apply to content shared over the internet via text message, email, or any other public forum.
         
Conviction would result in up to five years in prison and a $25,000 dollar fine.
         
The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates 850,000 people have already fallen victim to this crime nationwide or have experienced some form of online stalking by an ex-significant other.

Several 'Revenge Porn' websites, such as 'IsAnyoneUp.com,' have been shut down.


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