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Senator suggests "Revenge Porn Ban"

Latest: 5:05 pm, 2/28/14, Friday ILLINOIS -- The so-called revenge porn proposal is a step closer to becoming law.
Latest: 10:07 pm, 3/1/14, Saturday
ILLINOIS -- The so-called revenge porn proposal is a step closer to becoming law. Right now, ex's can post lewd pictures of former lovers online. WCIA-3's Alex Davis keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

"It sickens me."

But people do it. Love turns to hate and that hate prompts some ex's to post dirty pictures and videos of their former flame on the internet.

"He also has naked pictures and I don't know, they're not me. I don't know who they are, but he has pretty explicit, naked pictures of someone that he's posting on the same ad with pictures of me."

Right now, all of that is legal, but a bill making its way through the State House could change it.

"I feel it's very, very important for Illinois to take this seriously so that others are not affected by this. This was not my choice. This is not something that I chose to participate in."

The bill calls for a maximum punishment of three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. It's a big penalty for someone who can't deal with a broken heart.

"Everyone goes through break-ups. Everyone has reasons why the relationships do not work out and I feel like, whoever it is who is trying to distribute, you know, photographs or videos of their ex, in any kind of manner, is looking at a way to get back at them, which I find very childish and immature."

"You never know somebody's true colors."

All three women had images and personal information about them compromised. Each obtained an order of protection from the court against her ex.
Latest: 5:05 pm, 2/28/14, Friday
ILLINOIS -- The so-called Revenge Porn Proposal is a step closer to becoming law. It passed the Senate and is headed to the House.

When people break up, an angry "ex" may post a lewd picture or video of someone for everyone to see. The bill would put a stop to it.

Right now, anyone can post unflattering and even pornographic material about a person online, no matter how explicit. There's little protection for those who fall victim. The bill would change that.

Under this legislation, it would be illegal to post intimate pictures online without the person's permission. The maximum punishment would be a $25,000 fine and up to three years in prison.
Update: 4:18 pm, 2/20/14, Thursday
ILLINOIS -- The so-called "revenge porn" proposal is a step closer to becoming law. It unanimously passed a Senate committee.

The bill will make it a felony to post lewd pictures of another person on the internet without their consent. Those who are convicted could face up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Original: 5:58 pm, 1/29/14, Wednesday
ILLINOIS -- A state senator is trying to stop a type of cyber-bullying. Senator Michael Hastings (D) is proposing a Revenge Porn Ban.

It would make it a felony for someone to post sexually explicit videos or pictures of someone without their consent. It's often done by a person's "ex."

If passed, it would also make it illegal for a website to require a fee to take down those types of pictures. New Jersey and California already have laws like this. Others are also considering a similar ban.
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