Revenge Porn to be Outlawed in Louisiana

Sharing nude or suggestive photos with the public against the will of the subject is a topic that has been causing a lot of debate over the past few years.  With smartphones and texting, sending nude pictures to lovers and potential romance partners has become increasingly common, and it has been an unfortunate side effect of this phenomenon that these pictures are often leaked to the public in an attempt to shame the individual sending them or to inhibit their professional image.  This is commonly referred to as “revenge porn.”

Many people’s outlook on this problem is very reflective of modern rape culture and victim blaming.  Often people will say that the subject of the photo should not have had it taken in the first place if he or she did not want everyone to see it.  This is problematic in many ways, and is comparable to the assertion that a woman should not be sexually active if she doesn’t want to be raped, a disturbingly common point of view that contributes heavily to rape culture.

Recently, though, a more appropriate response to revenge porn has been spreading in which the subject of the photos is viewed as the victim of a sex crime rather than the guilty party.  It is the person sharing these photos against their will who is sexually exploiting another individual.  After all, any sexual activity done without the consent of all parties involved is some form of sexual assault or harassment and that does not exclude the sharing and viewing of pornographic images without the subject’s consent.

Louisiana is the newest of many states to be working to combat revenge porn.  People who share revenge porn in Louisiana can, as of this past Saturday, face up to two years in prison and $10,000 in fines.  This is crucial not only to prevent sharing revenge porn in the first place, but to help defend victims of revenge porn and encourage the public to view them as innocent victims rather than being blamed for a crime committed against them.

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