Cuomo Signs Bill Outlawing Revenge Porn in New York

July 23, 2019 by Dan McCue

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday outlawing the “dissemination or publication of an intimate image” intended to cause emotional or other harm to the person captured in the photo or video.

The law not only makes it a Class A misdemeanor to disseminate revenge porn, it also enables victims to get a court order removing the images from the web – a provision that New York lawmakers say is first in the nation.

“Our laws have not kept pace with technology and how abusers can use it to harass, intimidate and humiliate intimate partners,” Cuomo said as he signed S.1719C/ A.5981, criminalizing the publication of the non-consensual sharing or publication of an intimate image.

“By criminalizing the publication of revenge porn, we are empowering victims of this heinous act to take action against their abusers and showing them a path to justice,” he said.

Under the new law, anyone posting revenge porn could be sentenced to up to a year in jail and face civil damages.

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