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(last updated June 8, 2017)

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  • Alabama
    SB301: Distributing a private image. First offense, Class A Misdemeanor. Up to 1 year in jail. Subsequent offenses, Class C Felony. Up to 10 years in jail.
  • Alaska
    Alaska Stat. 11.61.120: Non-consensual disclosure of intimate images. Harassment in the 2nd degree.
  • Arizona*
    Arizona Revised Statutes, 13-1425: "Unlawful distribution of images depicting states of nudity or specific sexual activities."  Class 5 Felony. If disclosed by electronic means, Class 4 Felony.  If threatens to disclose but does not disclose, Class 1 Misdemeanor.
  • Arkansas
    Arkansas Code 5-26-314: "Unlawful distribution of sexual images or recordings." Class A Misdemeanor
  • California
    California Penal Code 647(j)(4): "Unlawful distribution of image." Disorderly Conduct Misdemeanor.
  • Colorado
    Colorado Revised Statutes 18-7-107 and 18-7-108: "Posting a private image for harassment (18-7-107); posting a private Image for pecuniary gain (18-7-108)." Both Class 1 Misdemeanors.
  • Connecticut

    § 53a-189c, Connecticut General Statutes: "Unlawful dissemination of an intimate image." Class A Misdemeanor.  

  • Delaware
    § 1335, Title 11, Delaware Code: Non-consensual disclosure of a "a visual depiction of a person who is nude, or who is engaging in sexual conduct. . ." Class B Misdemeanor. Upgraded to Class G Felony if aggravating factors present.
  • District of Columbia
    D.C. Law 20-275: ". . .unauthorized disclosure of a sexual image of another person." Felony. Up to 3 years in jail.
  • Florida
    784.049, Florida Statutes: Sexual cyber-harassment. First offense, Misdemeanor in the First Degree. Subsequent offense, Felony in Third Degree.
  • Georgia
    16-11-90, Georgia Code: Prohibition on nude or sexually explicit electronic transmissions. Invasion of privacy. Misdemeanor.
  • Hawaii
    Hawaii Revised Statutes 711-1110.9: Nonconsensual disclosure of "an image or video of another identifiable person either in the nude" Violation of Privacy in the First Degree. Class C Felony.
  • Idaho
    18-6609(2)(b), Idaho Code: "Non-consensual dissemination or selling of intimate image(s)." Video Voyeurism Crime. Felony.
  • Illinois
    § 11-23.5, Illinois Criminal Code: "Non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images." Class 4 Felony.
  • Iowa*
    §708.7, Iowa Code: "[Nonconsensual dissemination] of photograph or film showing another person in a state of full or partial nudity or engaged in a sex act. . ." Aggravated Misdemeanor. In effect July 2017.
  • Kansas

    Kansas Statutes Annotated 21-6101(8): ". . .disseminating any videotape, photograph, film or image of another identifiable person 18 years of age or older who is nude or engaged in sexual activity." Severity Level 8, Person Felony.  

  • Louisiana
    R.S. 14:283.2: "Nonconsensual disclosure of a private image." Up to 2 years in jail and/or up to $10,000 fine.
  • Maine
    § 1. 17-A, MRSA 511-A: ". . . unauthorized dissemination of certain private images if the person, with the intent to harass, torment or threaten the depicted person or another person." Class D Crime.
  • Maryland
    § 3-809, Maryland Code: ". . .intentionally causing serious emotional distress to another by intentionally placing on the Internet. . ." Misdemeanor. Up to 2 years in jail and/or $500 in fine.
  • Michigan
    § 145e  and § 145f: "...disseminat[ion] of any sexually explicit visual material." First offense, Misdemeanor. Up to 93-days in jail and/or up to $500 fine. Subsequent offenses, Misdemeanor. Up to one year in jail and/or up to $1,000 fine.
  • Minnesota

    § 617.261, Minnesota Statutes: "Nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images . . ." Gross Misdemeanor. Upgraded to Felony if victim suffers financial loss, intent to profit, intent to harass, posted to web site."

  • Nevada
    NRS, Chapter 200, §2-6: ". . .  unlawful dissemination of an intimate image of a person." Category D Felony.
  • New Hampshire

    § 644:9-a, N.H. Rev. Stat: "Violation of privacy." Class A Misdemeanor.

  • New Jersey
     § 2C:14-9 (2013), NJ Rev Stat: "[Disclosure] of the image of another person whose intimate parts are exposed or who is engaged in an act of sexual penetration or sexual contact..." Invasion of Privacy, 3rd Degree.
  • New Mexico
    New Mexico Criminal Code: "Unauthorized distribution of sensitive images." First offense, Misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses, Fourth Degree Felony.
  • North Carolina
    § 14-190.5A, General Statutes: "Disclosure of private images." Offender over 18, Class H Felony. First offense if person is under 18, Class 1 misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses if person is under 18, Class H Felony.
  • North Dakota
    § 12.1-17-07.2, North Dakota Century Code: "Distribution of intimate images without or against consent." Class A Misdemeanor.
  • Oklahoma

    Oklahoma Statutes Section 1040.13b: "Nonconsensual dissemination of sexual images." Misdemeanor.

  • Oregon
    ORS 161.005: "Unlawful dissemination of an intimate image." First offense, Class A Misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses, Class C Felony.
  • Pennsylvania
     Title 18 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Section 3131: "Unlawful dissemination of intimate image." 2nd Degree Misdemeanor. 1st degree if person depicted is a minor.
  • South Dakota

    § 22-21-4: "Dissemination of visual recording or photographic device without consent and with intent to self-gratify, harass, or embarrass. . ." Class 1 Misdemeanor. Upgraded to Class 6 Felony if victim is under age 17 and offender is at least age 21.

  • Tennessee

    Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 3, Tennessee Code: "Distribut[ion] of an image of the intimate part or parts of another identifiable person." Unlawful Exposure. Class A Misdemeanor. 

  • Texas
    Texas Penal Code 21.16: "Unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material." Class A Misdemeanor. Also known as the Relationship Privacy Act.
  • Utah
    § 76-5b-203, Utah Code: "Distribution of an intimate image of an individual . . . without that individual's permission." First offense, Class A Misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses, 3rd Degree Felony.
  • Vermont
    Sec. 2. 13 V.S.A. § 2606:  "Disclosure of sexually explicit images without consent." Up to 2 years in prison and up to $2,000 in fines.
  • Virginia
    § 18.2-386.2, Code of Virginia: "Unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another." Class 1 Misdemeanor.
  • Washington
    §1, House Bill 1272, Washington: "Disclosing intimate images." Gross Misdemeanor. Also see House Bill 2160.
  • West Virginia*
    §61-8-28a, Code of West Virginia: "Nonconsensual disclosure of private intimate images." Misdemeanor. Up to a year in jail. $1,000 to $5,000 in fines. In effect on July 7, 2017.
  • Wisconsin
    § 942.09, Code of Wisconsin:"Representation depicting a nude or partially nude person or depicting a person engaging in sexually explicit conduct." Class A Misdemeanor. Additional text here.

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The following states have
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  • Ma
  • Mo
  • Ny
  • Ri
  • Sd

States with revenge porn
civil remedies

I.e. Dedicated laws for victims to use to sue offenders

Colorado

Colorado Revised Statutes Title 18. Criminal Codes 18-7-108

Florida

784.049, Florida Statutes [Effective October 1, 2015]

North Carolina

Disclosure of private images.  General Statutes Section 14-190.5A(g); (Effective Dec. 1, 2015)

North Dakota

Distribution of intimate images without or against consent -- Remedies.  Chapter 32-03 of the North Dakota Century Code

Pennsylvania

Damages in actions for unlawful dissemination of intimate image. Title 18 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes 8316.1

Texas

Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material. Title 4 Civil Practice and Remedies Code Ch. 98B [Effective Sept 1, 2015]

Vermont

Sec. 2. 13 VSA Sec 2606 See (e)(1)  [Effective July 1, 2015]

Washington

An Act related to the distribution of intimate images 4.24 RCW [Effective date??]

Wisconsin

Miscellaneous Statutes, Right of Privacy, Chapter 995.50 (see Section (2)(d))  

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  • Mn
  • Nc
  • Nd
  • Pa
  • Tx
  • Vt
  • Wa
  • Wi

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