The Crime of “Revenge Porn”

  • Mary Anne FranksEmail author


Clear and effective laws against “revenge porn” are necessary to protect the values of privacy, autonomy, and equality. The unauthorized disclosure of private, sexually explicit images harms not only individuals but society as a whole. The wave of legislative reform since 2013 is a welcome development, but the majority of state criminal laws mischaracterize the social harm as harassment rather than a privacy violation. State and federal laws that accurately articulate the social harm of nonconsensual pornography are necessary for deterrence as well as to provide just and effective remedies for victims. While non-criminal remedies are also important and necessary, the immediate and often irreparable nature of the harm of “revenge porn” requires the maximum deterrence potential and moral force of criminal law.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Miami School of LawCoral GablesUSA

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