State Lawmakers Consider Revenge Porn Penalties Following CBS4 Investigation

April 25, 2014 9:38 PM

State Lawmakers Consider Revenge Porn Penalties Following CBS4 Investigation
" DENVER (CBS4)- A bill in the Colorado legislature to criminalize “revenge porn” moved out of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon by a unanimous 11-0 vote.

“This is a malicious crime, aimed at women,” said bill sponsor Amy Stephens, a Republican representing Monument.

A growing phenomenon of posting intimate and revealing photos and videos online, to embarrass someone has become known as “revenge porn.”

Websites have popped up around the country allowing jilted lovers and spouses to share nude and revealing photos and videos of their former partners, without consent.

Colorado is one of 27 states that are considering bills that would outlaw revenge porn. The Colorado measure would make it a misdemeanor for adults to publish material that caused the victim serious emotional distress. Offenders could also be fined up to $10,000.

“I get one call a week or every two weeks from women who have encountered revenge porn,” said Andrew Contiguglia, a Denver attorney who addressed the committee "

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