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"Revenge Porn" Bill Unanimously Passes Florida Senate

They don't agree about much up in Tallahassee, but apparently every state senator is against "revenge porn." A bill that would make it illegal to post explicit photos of another person online without his or her permission passed the state senate unanimously today.

See also: Miami Revenge Porn Victim Holly Jacobs Demands Politicians "Take Issue Seriously"

SB 532 would make it a second-degree misdemeanor to disclose a "sexually explicit image of an identifiable person with the intent to harass such person if the individual knows or should have known such person did not consent to the disclosure." Which basically means if your girlfriend breaks up with you, it will be illegal to post her nudie pics on Reddit or other posting sites for revenge.

If the suspect is over 18 and the victim is under 16, the crime would be bumped up to a third-degree misdemeanor. Of course, child porn charges could still be applicable in some cases.

The bill gained steam after an incident at the University of Central Florida in which 20-year-old Sean Shahid was upset with his ex-girlfriend for talking to police about a burglary in which he might have been involved. So to get revenge, he posted explicit photos of her on Instagram and Twitter.

He was jailed on charges of stalking and tampering with a witness because no Florida law specifically outlawed the posting of the pictures.

However, before the bill becomes law, it must pass the state house. That version of the bill has not yet been heard in any house committee. The house has until May 2 to pass the bill.

Send your story tips to the author, Kyle Munzenrieder.

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