Revenge porn screeching to a halt in Ohio, bill headed to governor’s desk

Bill penalizing non-consensual distribution of sexual images on verge of becoming law

Revenge porn screeching to a halt in Ohio, bill headed to governor’s desk
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COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - Revenge porn could soon be a thing of the past in Ohio.

On Thursday, State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) announced the passage of House Bill 497, which would set penalties and punish those who distribute sexually explicit images with the intent to harass victims.

“The outcome of this conduct can cause a multitude of personal and professional issues, in addition to the humiliation and embarrassment a victim may feel when their most intimate, private exchanges are shared with the world,” said Rogers in a prepared statement.

Once maliciously posted by someone, the image typically spreads like wildfire across the internet.

After passing the Senate, the House voted to approve the Senate’s amendments.

The bill will now head to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

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