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Wisconsin one of 12 states that criminalizes revenge porn

It is fairly common in the United States for couples to share intimate secrets, photographs and videos with one another during a relationship. However, when and if the relationship should come to an emotional end, those pictures and videos may become publicized on the internet. It is called revenge porn and it is illegal in Wisconsin and several other states. People who release intimate pictures over the internet as a way to gain revenge over another person after a breakup may find themselves facing charges of nonconsensual posting of pornography.

In this age of social media and advanced internet technology, it has become more and more common to find pornographic images and videos posted online with the intent to embarrass and hurt another person. Several websites have taken advantage of this phenomenon and cater specifically to those wishing to post these images and videos.

The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization started by a woman who was personally victimized by nonconsensual posting of pornography, is currently working to criminalize the act in Florida and hopes to bring the law to more states across the country. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida argues that censorship on the internet is unconstitutional and infringes on a person’s freedom of speech.

People who are currently facing charges involving computer sex crimes in Wisconsin may want to seek legal counsel from an established criminal defense attorney. A lawyer with a thorough knowledge of Wisconsin state law may be able to help in your case.

Source: Daily Business Review, “Revenge Porn, A Criminal Act? Yes, If Groups Get their Way,” Julie Kay, Aug. 6, 2014. 

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