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Potential Victim Testifies to Outlaw Revenge Porn

Potential Victim Testifies to Outlaw Revenge Porn

A proposal to crack down on people who post pornographic pictures or videos of their exes online passed an Illinois Senate committee, but not without some debate.

The measure, which would make it illegal to post sexually explicit content online without someone’s consent, is a personal matter for Diana Pisone of Oak Park. Her ex-husband has threatened to do that.

“These pictures, these videos, are a forever noose around my neck,” Pisone testified.

She urged lawmakers to pass the bill to give her some protection. And while they did, Mary Dixon of the ACLU of Illinois noted the bill – as written – violates the First Amendment.

“The ACLU would be neutral on a law that targets only the knowing privacy invader; in other words, someone who is maliciously invading another’s privacy,” said Dixon.

The sponsor of the bill, State Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Orland Park), says that suggestion is a non-starter. “I think such proof isn’t necessary to capture the intent of this bill and the concept of the wrong action of disclosing people’s naked photos or videos,” said Hastings.

The bill now advances to the full Senate for a vote.

 

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