State lawmakers pass revenge porn bill

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Apr 29 2014 08:40:25 PM HST
Updated On: Apr 29 2014 09:23:20 PM HST
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HONOLULU -

Hawaii lawmakers have passed a law making it illegal to post a nude photo of someone online without their permission.

The House and Senate passed the measure (HB 1750) on Tuesday.

The bill makes posting such photos of people nude or engaged in sexual activity without their permission a violation of privacy, punishable as a felony.

People who are voluntarily nude or engaging in sexual activity in public are not included in the measure.

The target is people who post "revenge porn" – pictures or video intending to harm those depicted, ruining their career, reputation or relationships.

Prosecutors on Oahu, Maui and Kauai supported the measure. The law received support with national reports chronicling victims of revenge porn committing suicide. That was something Rep. John Mizuno didn't want to happen in Hawaii.

"Just because it happens in the privacy of your bedroom, doesn't mean that your partner has consented to put this on the internet," said Rep. Mizuno.

The bill now goes to Gov. Neil Abercrombie for his approval.

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