Do you know what revenge porn is?   This is when an ex-spouse or ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend finds a sexually explicit photo or video of his or her former partner, and posts it on the internet for all to find and see.  State Sen. Michael E. Hastings (D-Orland Hills) is sponsoring a bill to make this illegal in Illinois.
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“It would make it a felony to post sexually explicit videos or photos of a person without their consent to an internet site. And if it passed, it would also make it illegal to host a website that requires victims to pay a fee to have explicit videos and photos removed,” he said.
 
Hastings isn’t sure how big a problem this is, though he says it is growing and it is a type of cyber-bullying that should be stopped. He says it is embarrassing, and potentially harmful if, say, a prospective employer runs an applicant’s name through Google and comes up with the “revenge porn.”
 
In Illinois, it is illegal to post identifying information of a minor, or an adult without consent, on a pornographic site, but there is no law to prevent individuals from posting sexually explicit content of an adult, without consent, to a website that is not strictly a porn site.  New Jersey and California have enacted laws criminalizing revenge porn.
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