Tennessee lawmakers considering "Revenge Porn" bill

Tennessee lawmakers considering "Revenge Porn" bill

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"Anything we had between us should just stay between us. We had a time together and you should kind of treasure it whether it ended bad or not," said Memphis resident Jordan Avery. "Anything we had between us should just stay between us. We had a time together and you should kind of treasure it whether it ended bad or not," said Memphis resident Jordan Avery.
"If you were to Google someone's name for a job for example and you saw something inappropriate definitely less likely to hire that person," said Knoxville resident Josh Peterson. "If you were to Google someone's name for a job for example and you saw something inappropriate definitely less likely to hire that person," said Knoxville resident Josh Peterson.
"Lets people know this is not just something you can do and get away with scott free and go haha, I got you," said State Senator Stacey Campfield. "Lets people know this is not just something you can do and get away with scott free and go haha, I got you," said State Senator Stacey Campfield.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

NASHVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation called the "Revenge Porn" bill. It's an effort to stop intimate pictures from being posted online with the hopes of hurting someone.

There's no legal punishment in Tennessee for sharing a private picture online as payback. The proposed bill could give a prosecutor's argument more teeth in the courtroom.

"Anything we had between us should just stay between us. We had a time together and you should kind of treasure it whether it ended bad or not," said Memphis resident Jordan Avery.

Tennessee lawmakers considered the "Revenge Porn" bill Thursday.

"Now we have the power in law enforcement to be able to punish folks that purposely try to harm someone else by using one of the most private pictures anyone could possibly imagine and spreading that out for fun or just to hurt someone," said Representative William Lamberth.

Violators could face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine if someone photographs a person's intimate parts and distributes the image with the intent to cause emotional distress.

"I can understand the fine absolutely. I mean you're invading people's privacy to show someone's nude pics," added Avery.

Some Tennesseans don't completely agree with the bill. "Jail time that seems a little serious," said Avery.

Others we spoke with say this proposed measure could protect your future.

"If you were to Google someone's name for a job for example and you saw something inappropriate definitely less likely to hire that person," said Knoxville resident Josh Peterson.

That's why Peterson believes the "Revenge Porn" bill is simply a good idea. "To use it as bribery or some sort of way of getting back is just horrible. So I think there should be accountability on that part."

Lawmakers hoping the threat of jail time and a hefty fine, curb scorned lovers.

"Lets people know this is not just something you can do and get away with scott free and go haha, I got you," said State Senator Stacey Campfield.

Other states are considering similar "Revenge Porn" legislation like Georgia, California, and Arizona.

The bill in Tennessee is waiting on approval from the senate which is scheduled to be heard next week.

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