New legislation by State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) that would expand the scope of the law to combat the practice commonly known as “revenge porn” passed the Senate Public Safety Committee. SB 1255 modifies the current law to include what is commonly known on the Internet as a “selfie,” an image someone takes of themselves, and changes the requirements for prosecuting the crime. The bill was supported unanimously on a 5-0 vote.
“I was proud that California was the first state in the nation to pass a law criminalizing revenge porn,” said Senator Cannella. ”I recognized that more needed to be done to protect victims. SB 1255 will expand on my bill from last year and outlaws revenge porn in its entirety.”
Last year, Cannella’s SB 255 was signed by Governor Brown, making the act a misdemeanor. The “Revenge Porn 2.0” act will expand the law to protect a greater number of victims. The Cyber Civil Rights Foundation estimates that more than half of revenge porn cases involve selfies. SB 1255 extends current law to outlaw the distribution of revenge porn regardless of who created the image. “Revenge Porn 2.0” will make the law apply to anyone who distributes revenge porn knowing that the depicted person has not consented to such distribution.
“I am grateful that Senator Cannella has brought forth this new legislation to continue the battle against revenge porn,” said Dr. Charlotte Laws, a nationally recognized victims’ rights advocate whose family was affected by revenge porn. “As other states have begun to criminalize revenge porn, California should remain the leader in bringing the end to this terrible act.”