COLUMBUS – Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced legislation that would make it illegal to knowingly distribute a private, sexually explicit image of a person without that person’s consent - commonly known as revenge porn.

“The purpose of this legislation is to protect victims and prevent this type of vengeful behavior,” said Senator Schiavoni. “Currently, people who share these images without consent face no legal ramifications in Ohio. A majority of other states have already passed similar legislation. It's time for Ohio to act.”

Under this bill, a first time offender would be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. Any subsequent convictions of this violation would be subject to a fifth degree felony. In addition, victims would be able to file a civil lawsuit against the offender.

The bill also helps protect victims in academic and professional settings. Any student enrolled in college who is a victim of this violation would not have scholarship or financial assistance taken away from them as a result of the shared images. Employees who are victims of this violation would be protected from adverse employment action solely based on their victimization.

“We know that when these images go public, it has devastating effects on a person’s career and personal life,” said Senator Schiavoni. “This bill gives Ohio the tools it needs to hold these perpetrators accountable."  

34 other states have enacted legislation that addresses the sharing of private images.

 
 
 
  
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