Congress: Support The Enough Act and Criminalize Revenge Porn

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Dear Mr. McConnell, Mr. Ryan, and Members of the 115th United States Congress:

We speak on behalf of more than 10 million Americans who have been victimized by the practice of online sexual abuse and digital domestic violence in the United States. We are survivors of revenge porn, the practice of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image online without the consent of the individual depicted in the image.

Reports indicate 1 in 8 women have been victimized by revenge porn and 1 in 10 people under the age of 30 claim they have experienced some form of cyber harassment or abuse. We have survived, we are ending the suffering in silence and shame and we are using our voices to tell our stories.

We stand in support of The March Against Revenge Porn, Battling Against Demeaning and Abusive Selfie Sharing (BADASS) and 50 Shades of Silence http://www.50shadesofsilence.com - three national grassroots organizations with a combined 2,500 members in all fifty states. Together, they combat revenge porn and acts of cyber-sexual violence through education, advocacy, support and protest.

Currently, only 40 states and the District of Columbia have laws criminalizing revenge porn. The penalties enacted by these laws vary by state and do not protect victims equally based on geographical border. We firmly believe that everyone - regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and ability - have the right to equal protection from cyber-sexual violence and cyber harassment under the law.

We demand you stand up for the rights of the vulnerable and immediately work to combat cyber sexual violence and acts of revenge porn through comprehensive legislative action. We ask that you support the ENOUGH Act, written by Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), which criminalizes revenge porn on a federal level, to protect victims without borders across the United States.

This bill is the only pending federal law that would make these crimes punishable at the federal level and could also be accompanied by harsher sentencing guidelines for current state laws. We ask that perpetrators of revenge porn are held accountable through criminal prosecution that penalizes domestic violence, sexual assault, and internet harassment.

Every day, we are reminded of the trauma our perpetrators have inflicted on us. In order to seek justice, we firmly request that every victim is treated the same under the law.

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