Councilman expects ‘overwhelming support’ for revenge porn bill

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 03:42:14 PM. The City Council on Thursday will vote on a proposed “revenge porn” law that would allow the NYPD to arrest people on charges of distributing explicit nonconsensual photography online, The Post has…
The City Council on Thursday will vote on a proposed “revenge porn” law that would allow the NYPD to arrest people on charges of distributing explicit nonconsensual photography online, The Post has learned. Violators would be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 under the legislation, which was introduced by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Queens). “We’re at a place where we’re going to be able to protect women [and men] from this disgusting, abusive conduct,” Lancman told The Post on Tuesday. “I expect overwhelming support for it . . . you don’t want to be on the wrong side of a revenge-porn vote.” The Post revealed the devastating effects revenge porn has on its victims in a September exposé about Anon IB, a Web site that has been called the ground zero of revenge porn. Businesses soon pulled their ads from the site, cutting off a major source of funding. Lancman’s bill is the first of its kind in the city, although a similar state bill has been collecting dust in Albany for years. New York is one of only 12 states yet to enact a law that would make sharing explicit photos without consent illegal. In an April hearing on the bill, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office said he and the other DAs have been “powerless” in bringing perpetrators of revenge porn to justice. Lancman said, “Imagine how frustrating it is for the sex-crimes unit in the District Attorney’s Office to tell a woman who is a victim of what any reasonable...Read more
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