- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill to outlaw revenge porn, the practice of publicly sharing sexually explicit images that were meant to remain private.

The bill would make it a felony for someone to distribute sexually explicit images of another person without his or her consent. Cases of revenge porn are becoming more prevalent with smartphone and mobile technology.

Under the legislation, it would be a crime to share photos, videos or recordings of others that show people unclothed or engaging in sexual acts in order to “harass, intimidate, threaten or coerce” an identifiable person in the images.

Speaking in favor of the bill on Thursday, Democratic Sen. Jeff Woodburn said it closes a “loophole for high-tech peeping Toms.” He said the police currently don’t have a law that allows them to take action in cases where people share private images.

Republican Sen. Sharon Carson said the bill helps to protect peoples’ privacy and will allow the state to “crack down” on revenge porn cases.



The bill now moves to the New Hampshire House.

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