The N.C. House voted unanimously Tuesday to ban “revenge porn.”
House Bill 792 would make it a felony to distribute nude or sexual photos obtained “within the context of a personal relationship.” That targets the growing trend of “revenge porn,” in which someone posts nude photos online after a romantic relationship ends.
“This protects individuals from harassment and these kinds of actions,” said Rep. Rob Bryan, a Charlotte Republican and the bill’s sponsor.
Rep. Marilyn Avila, a Raleigh Republican, said a 19-year-old family friend was a victim of revenge porn when an ex-boyfriend posted sexual photos and the girl’s name online.
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“It caused tremendous anguish and suffering, not only for her but for her family,” Avila said.
The bill now goes to the Senate.