Rewriting Arizona’s Revenge Porn Statute to Fill the Gap in Sex Crime Punishment

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Hayden Hilliard.

More and more often, women are stumbling across their own nude images on various websites, posted without their permission, and without their knowledge. Many women have come forward, sharing their personal stories, finding images taken several years ago, posted by past lovers who were long forgotten. One of the primary web services offering this lewd content is Anonymous Image Board, or Anon-IB. Websites like Anon-IB not only allow the public to post nude images without the depicted person’s consent, but also facilitate solicitation for images of certain people, known as “wins.” Anon-IB recently attracted widespread attention due to the discovery of specialized internet threads targeting and displaying nude images of female military members, taken by their male peers and posted online. Scandals like these serve as a public service announcement, bringing national attention to the creeping yet incessant issue of nonconsensual pornography, commonly referred to as “revenge porn.” A study by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) published during the summer of 2017 highlighted the actual incidence of revenge porn among those surveyed. One in eight participants indicated she or he was the victim of or received a threat of revenge porn. Furthermore, women were over 1.5 times more likely than men to be the targets of revenge porn. Sadly, the trend regarding incidence of sex crimes against women is nothing new.

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