September 17, 2014

Walker signs ‘revenge porn’ law

Wisconsin has become the third state in the nation to ban so-called “revenge porn” — the posting of sexually-explicit photos online without the subjects’ prior knowledge.

Governor Scott Walker signed the ban into law Tuesday. Freshman Assembly Republican John Spiros of Marshfield says it will prevent vengeance on the part of those jilted by ex-spouses and lovers.

Spiros authored the bill, after discovering that 90-percent of revenge porn victims are women. He says a number of victims have discovered that law enforcement’s hands were tied because there was no law against the explicit postings by their exes.

Spiros says the new law provides teeth to help go after perpetrators, with misdemeanor penalties of up to nine months in jail and fines of up to $10,000 dollars.

WSAU