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Revenge Porn Mistaken for Free Speech in Illinois and Minnesota Cases  

Author:  Roslyn Myers, PhD, JD.

Source: Volume 14, Number 03, Winter 2022 , pp.49-58(10)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Despite the proliferation of revenge porn statutes across the country, the laws have not decreased the problem. In some instances, their imprecise wording and nonsensical application have shown them to be a relatively weak counterpunch to the wave of revenge porn reports. Studies have tracked increasing demand for sexually explicit images online and dedicated ‘revenge porn’ sites and other forums openly solicit private intimate images and expose them to millions of viewers, while allowing the posters themselves to hide in the shadows. This article examines two recent revenge porn prosecutions that went awry largely because of the poorly worded statutes under which the charges were filed.

Keywords: Nonconsensual Dissemination Laws

Affiliations:  1: Editor, Sex Offender Law Report.

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