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NC House votes to make revenge porn a felony

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.

“It caused tremendous anguish and suffering, not only for her but for her family,” Avila said.

The bill now goes to the Senate.