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'Revenge porn' closer to being criminalized in Utah

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  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 25, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    "the publication of explicit photos and videos without the permission from the subject,..., with the intent to cause emotional distress or harm."

    So if it is meant as a joke it is acceptable?
    Now the State has to prove the intent of the pornographer?
    I am sure every pornographer is going to say the intent was to show what he/she looked like naked and I didn't think it would cause any harm.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    Although I agree that revenge porn is mean and a terrible thing to do - there are countless mean and terrible things people can do that are not illegal. And I just don't see the basis for determining this to be illegal. Can it damage the person's future? Yes, but that's not enough of a reason to make something illegal. The person knowingly allowed the pictures to be taken.

    Imagine a couple that was still together and one party posted the pictures online(thinking the other party wouldn't care), this would be legal(because the posting party didn't have any ill intent) but it would be illegal if there was ill intent?

    Seems like people have good intentions in making this a law, but I still don't see the legal justification for it.