Sign the petition: Demand Congress pass the SHIELD Act to make revenge porn a federal crime

Sign the petition: Demand Congress pass the SHIELD Act to make revenge porn a federal crime

The threat of having one’s intimate photos shared publicly has become a national crisis in our increasingly digital world. As we become more and more connected, victims of revenge porn have little power to stop these violations of their privacy from spreading at exponential rates. And worse, these victims have little recourse for the consequences of this dissemination.

Nonconsensual pornography, better known as “revenge porn”, is the distribution of sexually explicit or nude images of another person without their consent, and often times, without their knowledge. Revenge porn is an extreme violation of privacy, often used to humiliate and shame victims.

Former Congresswoman Katie Hill recently became one of the most high profile targets of a revenge porn smear campaign, started by her ex-husband and fueled by right-wing media, that led to her resignation.

Women are 1.7 times more likely to be targets of revenge porn than men. The consequences women face as a result are often much harsher due to sexist double standards. But nonconsensual pornography is more than just a violation of privacy. Revenge porn is sexual assault.

The Stopping Harmful Image Exploitation and Limiting Distribution (SHIELD) Act of 2019 would make the distribution of nonconsensual pornography a federal crime. While 46 states have implemented laws against revenge porn, these laws vary in scope and liability for perpetrators. A federal designation would create a baseline to ensure that all victims have access to legal protections against this violence.

Currently, the SHIELD Act is sitting in House and Senate committees with no action since the summer. Victims and potential victims of revenge porn need it passed now. No one should have to live in fear of intimate images being distributed without their consent.

Sign the petition: Demand Congress to fight against revenge porn and pass the SHIELD Act now.

Daily Kos Liberation League
Our Message to Congress :
Revenge porn is sexual assault. Pass the SHIELD Act and recognize the distribution of nonconsensual pornography as a federal crime.

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