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Md. Delegate Wants Tougher Consequences For ‘Revenge Porn’

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A move is underway to make so-called revenge porn a felony in Maryland.

Del. Jon Cardin, D-Baltimore County, plans to introduce legislation that would make posting sexually explicit photos of an ex-lover without their consent a crime.

Board Members of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a non-profit that combats online harassment and abuse, helped Cardin with the wording of his proposed law.

If it’s passed, Maryland will join the ranks of states like California and New Jersey, which already have tough laws against revenge porn.

CCRI’s Dr. Holly Jacobs, a victim of what she calls cyber harassment, spoke with WNEW’s Karen Adams about the legislation.

“There needs to be strong laws on the books so that victims can start to see some justice in their cases,” she says. “My case was dropped because they weren’t able to go in and seize his computer, analyze it, and prove that he was the one that was doing it.”

She went on to call revenge porn a form of sexual assault that “can affect every single aspect” of a victim’s life.

Cardin’s bill includes a $25,000 fine for those found guilty of posting non-consensual porn. He plans to announce the legislation Wednesday.

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

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