Coun­cil to vote on re­venge-porn bill

New York Post - - NEWS - gfon­rouge@ny­post.com By GABRIELLE FONROUGE

The City Coun­cil on Thurs­day will vote on a pro­posed “re­venge porn” law that would al­low the NYPD to ar­rest peo­ple on charges of dis­tribut­ing ex­plicit non­con­sen­sual pho­tog­ra­phy on­line, The Post has learned.

Vi­o­la­tors would be charged with a mis­de­meanor and face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 un­der the leg­is­la­tion, which was in­tro­duced by Coun­cil­man Rory Lanc­man (D-Queens).

“We’re at a place where we’re go­ing to be able to pro­tect women from this dis­gust­ing, abu­sive con­duct,” Lanc­man told The Post on Tues­day. “I ex­pect over­whelm­ing sup­port for it . . . you don’t want to be on the wrong side of a re­venge­porn vote.”

The Post re­vealed the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects re­venge porn has on its vic­tims in a Septem­ber ex­posé about Anon IB, a Web site that has been called the ground zero of re­venge porn.

Busi­nesses soon pulled their ads from the site, cut­ting off a ma­jor source of fund­ing.

Lanc­man’s bill is the first of its kind in the city, al­though a sim­i­lar state bill has been col­lect­ing dust in Al­bany for years.

New York is one of only 12 states yet to en­act a law that would make shar­ing ex­plicit photos with­out con­sent il­le­gal.

In an April hear­ing on the bill, Queens District At­tor­ney Richard Brown’s of­fice said he and the other DAs have been “pow­er­less” in bring­ing per­pe­tra­tors of re­venge porn to jus­tice.

Lanc­man said, “Imag­ine how frus­trat­ing it is for the sex-crimes unit in the District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice to tell a woman who is a vic­tim of what any rea­son­able per­son would de­scribe as a sex­u­ally ori- ented crime that there’s noth­ing they can do for her.

“The district at­tor­neys don’t re­ally have a use­ful tool at their dis­posal to hold peo­ple who are en­gag­ing in this rep­re­hen­si­ble con­duct ac­count­able for what they’re do­ing.”

The pro­posed law is aimed at any per­son who in­tends “harm to the vic­tim, ei­ther fi­nan­cially, emo­tion­ally or phys­i­cally.”

Lanc­man said an in­tent clause was an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to the bill be­cause with­out it, any­one who came into pos­ses­sion of a re­venge-porn pic­ture, even if it was un­so­licited, could be found guilty, in­clud­ing when a photo gets cir­cu­lated around a high school or col­lege.

Peo­ple who threaten to share ex­plicit photos could also be found guilty un­der the pro­posed law, Lanc­man said.

Mayor de Bla­sio has ex­pressed his sup­port for the bill and is ex­pected to sign it into law if it passes.

Imag­ine how frus­trat­ing it is for the sex-crimes unit in the District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice to tell a woman who is a vic­tim of what any rea­son­able per­son would de­scribe as a sex­u­ally ori­ented crime that there’s noth­ing they can do for her. — City Coun­cil­man Rory Lanc­man (DQueens, left)

Comments

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.