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Victims of "revenge porn" may get redress in Arizona

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Victims of "revenge porn" may get redress in Arizona

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Mar 11, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's called "revenge porn": When a scorned lover takes a photo of their ex -- a photo they received in the privacy of their relationship -- and posts it on the Internet for the world to see. 

For the victims -- it's embarrassing -- and the Arizona legislature is trying to protect them. 

The House just unanimously passed H.B. 2515. If signed into law it would make it a felony to post a naked picture of someone else without actual written consent. 
 
Until it passes, though, there are no expressed laws in the state of Arizona against revenge porn, and the poster is usually anonymous. 
 
But the victims have information is splattered all over the Internet. 
 
Nine On Your Side took a look at a popular "revenge porn" website and found 15 people from Tucson. 
 
Thirteen are girls and two are guys. For most, their nude photos, ages and links to their social media sites like Facebook and Twitter...it's all there. 
 
On the UA campus, women debate who is responsible.
 
Georgia: It's horrible. I can't imagine what it does to the girl's self esteem. 
Hannah: But she kind of sent it in the first place.
Georgia: Yeah, but you should be able to trust your significant other. 
Hannah: But if you broke up with them then there was obviously some issues in the first place.
 
"Whether you're the one who sent it in the first place or the one who's being spiteful and sending it out later, you need to think about the kind of implications that's going to have on the person in the photo or video," said UA senior Sylvalyn Simpson. 
 
If the bill gets signed into law, there will also be implications for the person who posted it: A felony charge and possibly jail. 
 
The Oasis Program at UA says they are available for victims of revenge porn. They say it's a violation of privacy that's becoming more and more common all over and they expect it also happens on the UA campus. They say they want victims to not only be able to report it, but also have someone to talk to. 
 
According to a survey from an advocate group, nearly 30 percent of revenge porn victims are college-age.    
 
For the rest -- the majority between ages 23 and 30 -- sites like endrevengeporn.org are there to help.
 
Ninety percent of the victims surveyed say they suffered emotional distress from their private pictures becoming public, but those who provide this outlet of revenge say they're helping someone scorned cope with their own emotions. 
 
The bill now goes to the Senate. 
 
Simone Del Rosario

Simone Del Rosario

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Simone is the KGUN 9 On Your Side resident cowgirl. She has spent most of her life on the back of a horse, and spent all of her high school and college years traveling from rodeo to rodeo with her horses and her dog, Roper.