Non-consensual pornography bill heading to state senate

Right now, there is no consequence for revenge porn in Indiana, but a new senate bill could change that.

Posted: Feb. 10, 2019 10:20 PM
Updated: Feb. 11, 2019 6:24 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Right now, there is no consequence for revenge porn in Indiana.

''They can do so today by Indiana law without any kind of penalty whatsoever,” said Republican State Sen. Ron Alting.

He's talking about pictures. Which can say a lot and after you've sent one. The story, is no longer yours.

''It's something unfortunately taking place in all fifty states,” said Atling “It's kind of being popular''

Proposed legislation would make revenge porn a civil offense. So, there will be a hefty, $10,000 fine for violators.

Alting said this type of blackmail has become more prevalent, especially on social media.

''That is when people in relationships take nude pictures,” said Atling. “Even of themselves or of their spouse, or their girlfriend or boyfriend and then, later on, decide to put that out public''

Millennials News 18 spoke with are on board with this bill.

''Laws like this need to come about in order to protect our citizens,” said millennial Mark Menciano. “The way we are communicating is changing as we speak''

Young millennials like Liwam Beraki hope this bill will pass, not only to protect citizens, but to protect young women as well.

''I think people often do body shame women in particular,” said Beraki. “I think this will force people to not post something without someone’s consent. Especially if it's intimate or revealing''

The bill is in the beginning stages, but lawmakers hope it passes soon.

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