Protect Women from "Revenge Porn": Amend Illinois Cyberstalking Laws
  • Petitioned The Honorable Lisa Madigan

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Attorney General of Illinois
The Honorable Lisa Madigan

Protect Women from "Revenge Porn": Amend Illinois Cyberstalking Laws

    1. Jane Smith
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      Jane Smith

Despite what is advertised, “Revenge Porn” is not pornography. When it all comes down, Revenge Porn is simply harassment. Still, according to state cyberstalking laws, it is not a crime. But it should be. Ask any victim how they feel about their intimate photos exposed for the whole world to see, and they will use terms like “violated,” “humiliated,” “degraded,” and “cyber-raped.” Many people argue these terms. Of course, they are not victims. Those who don’t argue, and those who understand, are trying their best to fight Revenge Porn. But for most of them, it’s been an uphill battle. Why?

Because they have been fighting the wrong people.

They have been fighting the website owners, like Hunter Moore, of the now defunct “Isanyoneup.com.” But in fighting Revenge Porn, we must realize that Revenge Porn website owners do not build their empires alone; the scorned ex-lovers, who post the intimate photos, build their empires for them.

Revenge Porn website owners have immunity from harassment claims because of the 230 Section of the Communications Decency Act, a federal law that protects them from legal liability for content that is posted to their websites by third parties. However, this law does not protect the third parties - the perpetrators - who post on their websites. This is why Revenge Porn website owners remind these perpetrators, through complicated terms of use, that they are ultimately liable for their own actions.

In fighting Revenge Porn, we must shift our attention from Revenge Porn website owners, who are merely facilitators of harassment, to the real root of harassment: The perpetrators who post the photos. In order to punish these perpetrators, we must amend current state cyberharassment laws that unintentionally protect the perpetrators through the use of two overlooked loopholes. With amendment of these loopholes, the perpetrators will fail to post due to criminal consequences, and the Revenge Porn empire will quickly crumble with nothing to sustain it.

Please join us in petitioning the Honorable Attorney General Lisa Madigan for elimination of these loopholes through amendment of Illinois cyberstalking laws or enactment of an Illinois invasion of privacy statute that criminalizes Revenge Porn.

As perpetrators prepare to launch geo mapping to encourage stalking of revenge porn victims, we need to act more than ever.

If we don’t, it may be too late.

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