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Governor Charlie Baker Continues To Push for Revenge Porn Bill

Governor Charlie Baker Continues To Push for Revenge Porn Bill

BOSTON - Massachusetts is still lagging behind when it comes to a bill protecting individuals from revenge porn.

As of now, forty-six states have laws in place prohibiting the distribution of sexually explicit materials without someone’s consent.

After trying several times to push legislation into passing a bill, Gov. Charlie Baker is showing his support for such a bill once again following California Congresswoman Kate Hill’s recent resignation.

Hill resigned this past week after nude photos of her and one of her female campaign staffers were released to the public. In the midst of a nasty divorce, those photos were released by Hill’s soon to be ex-husband without her consent as reported by WBZ News.

"It's to basically make it a crime to use sexually explicit images that were gained through voluntary participation and consensual acts against somebody," Baker stated.

Baker added, "The reason we filed it two years ago was, we felt it was an important issue in today's cyber age to get something in place, to create a legal structure around it. And the reason we filed it again is, we think it's important.”

If Massachusetts does pass a revenge porn bill, an individual who distributes sexual photos or video for the purposes of embarrassment or revenge would be charged with a felony, per NECN. Minors however, would be enrolled in educational courses if found guilty of sharing explicit material of their peers.

"I don't know why it hasn't passed," he said. "I do know there are a lot of people who, when you talk to them about it, get it—and understand, especially, why it's important to deal with the revenge piece for adults and why it's important to create a framework for kids."

In light of the Hill controversy, Gov. Baker isn't the only politician in the state hoping to see such a bill passed. Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley has also voiced her support for Massachusetts legislators to pass a revenge porn bill while showing support for Hill.

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