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VA Lawmaker Backs "Revenge Porn" Bill

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One of the state legislature's newest members wants to make it a crime to publish what some call "revenge porn."

In one of his first bills, Northern Virginia Democrat Marcus Simon wants to make it a class one misdemeanor to publish sexually explicit images with the goal of embarrassing the victim. If convicted, someone who shares "revenge porn" on any medium would face a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

"I take that very seriously, not just for me, but for other people who have been exposed to this. It's not fair," said Nicole Coon, revenge porn victim.

"It's not just to punish the people that do this, but it really, hopefully, deters this behavior," said Simon.

Another bill would make it easier for revenge porn victims to seek civil damages of at least $10,000. Both bills are now before House subcommittees.

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