New bill bould outlaw “revenge porn” in SC

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) — South Carolina is one of only 16 states that has not made it illegal to post “revenge porn” online, but a bill prefiled in the state Senate would change that.

Revenge porn is photos or video that someone takes or has someone else take to share with a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, but when the relationship ends the angry ex will post the photos or video online as revenge.

“I just think, in this day and time, we need that protection, we need to protect the privacy of someone who may have willingly engaged in the photos but had no intent of it going public,” says Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Columbia, who prefiled the bill.

He sponsored the same bill last session but he introduced it late in the session, it got stuck on the calendar behind a lot of other bills and didn’t go anywhere. He thinks it has a much better chance of passing next year, in the session that starts January 10th.

Posting revenge porn would be a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one year in prison or a fine of up to $1,000.

“To my surprise, realize it is a big problem, and here in South Carolina, I have been told by law enforcement that there are plenty of cases–they do not want to go public–of people who have been victimized,” Sen. Jackson says.

34 states and Washington, D.C. have laws against revenge porn, including North Carolina and Georgia.

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