Ohio Democrat Crafting Revenge Porn Bill to Protect Victims

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Ohio is one of 12 states left where there is no specific penalty for those posting nude photos online without a subject's consent. Sen. Joe Schiavoni, a Democrat from the Youngstown area, wants to change that.

Schiavoni, who's also a gubernatorial candidate, plans to soon introduce a bill that would ban revenge porn and protect victims (including from loss of job, scholarship or grant). The senator, who penned similar legislation in 2016 that never went anywhere, has modified his original proposal from making the offense a felony to a first-degree misdemeanor.

As seen over the years with high profile revenge porn cases, even if mainstream sites do remove photos, it's nearly impossible to delete every trace of the snapshot from the dark corners of the internet.

“We know that when these images go public, it has devastating effects on a person’s career and personal life,” Schiavoni said in a statement when his original legislation was introduced. “This bill gives Ohio the tools it needs to hold these perpetrators accountable."

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