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What Makes an Effective Revenge Porn Law

"If you want good laws, burn those you have and make new ones." - Voltaire

The key to good criminal legislation is that the end result applies to real-world harms while being narrowly tailored to pass constitutional muster, and for the punishment to be sufficient to deter the behavior. No two revenge porn state statutes are alike.  The most important thing to remember when drafting a good revenge porn law is to make sure that it covers the full array of intentional offenders – no matter their motive.  Some offenders do it to harass and harm their ex.  Others, though, are hobbyists who post images they’ve obtained from hacking, while still others distribute for money or to boast to their friends about sexual conquests. Unfortunately, in some states, the laws are written too narrowly — they only apply if the offender has “the intent to harass or harm the victim.” This excludes all the people who do it for other reasons.  Lawmakers can follow the infographic below (posted here with permission from the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative) to ensure that their law protects all victims, regardless of the offender’s motive.