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END REVENGE PORN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Calif. Legislation Against Revenge Porn Signed Into Law MIAMI- (Oct. 2, 2013)- Governor Jerry Brown signed the Calif. anti-revenge porn bill, SB 255, Tuesday. The End Revenge Porn campaign, and its parent organization Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), expressed satisfaction with the bill as an initial effort toward banning nonconsensual pornography. Founder Dr. Holly Jacobs added that while SB 255 is an encouraging first step, CCRI will continue pushing for state and federal laws that provide coverage to all victims. The law only addresses images taken or recorded by other individuals, which means that it fails to cover self-shots. According to a CCRI survey, up to 80 percent of victims belong to this unprotected category. In addition, the bill requires perpetrators to act with intent to cause serious emotional distress, which creates an additional and unnecessary burden of proof. Legislators narrowed the scope of the bills reach after critics cited First Amendment concerns. CCRI takes the position that a carefully crafted law banning revenge porn does not violate the First Amendment. Jacobs, who holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, explained, Previous laws that prohibit harmful conduct, such as stalking and harassmentof which revenge porn is often a form--have not been found to violate the First Amendment. Revenge porn is the posting of private material, not material of public concern, and has no First Amendment value. CCRI also recognized the efforts of Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), who sponsored the bill. Senator Cannella is one of the first lawmakers to take action on this issue and to deliver any measure of success. We hope to continue working with him in the future to strengthen Californias law, Jacobs said. This issue will only get bigger and the laws will catch up with technology when the public decides it has seen enough tragedy as a result of revenge porn. Our goal is to convince people that revenge porn is wrong today. Perpetrators convicted under SB 255 will face six months in jail and/or a $1000 fine. California joins New Jersey on the list of states that have laws addressing revenge porn. ### About Cyber Civil Rights Initiative The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative is an organization founded by Dr. Holly Jacobs that aims to bring awareness to and reduce the occurrence of harassment on the Internet. Our first campaign is End Revenge Porn, which sheds light on the issue of revenge porn (and other
For more information regarding SB255 or CCRI please contact Holly Jacobs at

holly@cybercivilrights.org or Mary Anne Franks at mafranks@law.miami.edu.


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