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Michigan Considering Consequences For Revenge Porn

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(WLNS) - Revenge, it comes in all forms, and now there's something called cyber revenge.

Couples break up and then someone posts very private pictures online.

6 News Sharon Yoo has more on how the state is working to protect those who fell out of love.

It all started with “sexting.” The early 2000’s phenomenon of people sharing explicit images of each other over phones and social media is still spreading, but with lasting consequences. Now it’s called revenge porn.
Michigan Attorney Kyle Bristow has been fighting the problem for the past two years.

“Former boyfriends, send onto, so called revenge pornography websites, nude images of their former lovers, so as to cause their former lovers extreme mental distress,” said Bristow.

Michigan’s lawmakers are now looking to protect those who have been victimized by former lovers.

“What we're seeking to do is to prevent this behavior. It would be $500 for the first offense and then $1,000 for the second offense,” said Rick Jones, Senator, Lansing, 24th District.

In addition to the fines, offenders will be charged with a misdemeanor that could eventually result in jail time after multiple offenses.

“Many times with these websites, I like to compare to the game of whack-a-mole. One website might delete the content, but then another two might republish it,” said Bristow.

For those concerned with free speech issues, the bi-partisan bill suggests, “if you can't yell fire in a theater, you shouldn't be able to post nude pictures of your ex online as well,” said Steven Bieda, Senator.

Arizona signed its revenge porn law Wednesday, making it the seventh state to criminalize revenge porn. Michigan is currently one of three other states considering the bill.

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern
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