Maryland takes stand against revenge porn

Maryland takes stand against revenge porn

| Jul 15, 2020 | Sex Crimes |

Most people would be horrified if an ex or someone else they trusted exposed intimate videos or photos of them on the internet. But one in 25 Americans has already been a victim of this invasion of their sexual privacy. Fortunately, the state of Maryland has taken steps to protect its citizens from what is being referred to as “revenge porn.”

Technological advances, as well as the explosion in popularity enjoyed by social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, have made it much easier in the past few years for people to engage in revenge porn activities. Maryland has responded to these developments by making it illegal to post photos or videos of individuals that include nudity without the consent of the person depicted in the images. This law can also be applied to sexually suggestive images and is meant to specifically targets individuals who use these images to inflict emotional distress.

It is also a crime to transfer, upload, sell, give, disseminate, allow access to, make available, broadcast, or circulate any of the above-described images. These sex crimes are punishable by up to two years in jail. A convicted person convicted of one or more of these crimes can also receive a fine of up to $5,000.

Despite the protections provided by “revenge porn” laws in the state, the law can be a bit difficult to enforce in some situations. This is because once a photo or video makes it to the internet it can be immediately copied and distributed by an unlimited number of people. This can make it difficult to determine the source of revenge porn activities.

Revenge porn is a serious crime in Maryland that can result in both the loss of freedom and a substantial fine. Individuals accused of posting revenge porn or other sex crimes may find it helpful to speak to a criminal defense attorney regarding the matter.