Florida State Senator Moves Bill to Make Buying or Selling Revenge Porn a Crime

Florida state senator Lauren Book is pushing for a bill to strengthen revenge porn laws, making buying or selling stolen sexually explicit photos a felony after her own experience prompted her to take action. did.

told the book newsweek In an interview on Tuesday that she was a victim of stolen images being leaked on the Internet. In November, someone stole her photos from Cloud and created deepfakes, she said. After that, she said that she faced cyberstalking, cyberbullying and extortion threats to herself and her family. She described the situation as “extremely dangerous and scary”.

“I’ve never imagined the type of pain in a million years and felt that level of violation,” Book said, adding that the photos were on the Internet from July 2020.

The incident made Book realize the lack of a legal framework protecting people, especially women, from such crimes.

“I realized this is happening to women all over the world, and that more needs to be done to keep women and girls safe, so I acted on this law,” Book said.

Book, a Democrat, is sponsoring Senate Bill 1798. The bill would make it illegal to steal pornographic pictures from someone’s phone or any other digital device.

The Associated Press reported that sexually explicit deepfakes, an altered or fabricated image, would also make a felony under the law.

The bill includes other provisions, such as increasing monetary damages from violations involving sexual cyber harassment and allowing authorities to arrest someone without a warrant, as long as they have probable cause to believe that the person has violated certain provisions as per the text of the Bill.

A bill sponsored by Florida State Senator Lauren Book aims to strengthen revenge porn laws and makes sexually explicit deepfakes, which are altered or created images, a felony. In this photo, the book introduces students to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the Florida State Capitol on February 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida.
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The book chronicles the six years she experienced childhood sexual abuse by her maternal grandmother, when she was a child, she said. He said newsweek He was “raped, raped, urinated, defecated” as a means of controlling me for six years of my life.

Nani pleaded guilty to five felony charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2002, US Sun Reported. Later the sentence was increased to 25 years.

And while childhood sexual abuse causes trauma, Book said the recent incident with stolen images was worse.

“In that place and time, I knew that if I behaved kindly or if I didn’t do something, I knew I could have avoided a really bad beating or something really terrible, Book said. “Here in this situation, I had no warning, no knowledge, no idea, that this was happening. I don’t know who the ultimate culprit is, and you don’t know who will be watching you in your most intimate moments.” Used to be.”

Book said, “At the end of the day, I’ve never in my life felt so violated, betrayed, and that old trauma came back. All that old stuff was vulnerable and broken and exposed.”

While she said it was something she never wanted to endure, as a “youth advocate” and “a woman who reclaimed my life and worked,” she knows she can “get it on the head”. “Can take.

“It’s primarily affecting women and girls, and I think it’s my responsibility to stand up, speak out about what’s happening and look at the culture that’s creating it,” Book said. said.

The bill not only touches on the sale and purchase of explicit sexual images, but it also proposes to amend existing child pornography laws in the state. Another important thing Books Champion is calling child pornography “child sexual abuse material,” she said.

“This is important because child pornography implies that there is some consent, and we all know that children may not consent to sex at all,” Book said. “It’s another very important piece of this bill that I’m very proud of and hope we can continue and make it to the finish line.”

According to the AP, the bill went before the first committee of the state’s Senate Criminal Justice Committee at a hearing on Tuesday. The committee unanimously approved the proposal. It will run next to a judiciary committee, Book said.

“I’m proud to be able to work on a law like this in my time to make it different to other people,” Book said.

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