Gov. Quin signed a new bill into law on Monday that, beginning on June 1, 2015, would make posting sexually explicit videos and photos of other people online without their permission a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 3 years in prison as well as fines as high as $25,000.00.
The law is meant to crack down on a frightening trend known as “revenge porn,” where x-lovers post images on the internet of what were intended to be kept private as a way of retribution.
Cyber-bullying can have devastating consequences for victims. Because of the highly personal and embarrassing nature of these cases, Illinois law also provides the possibility of seeking court approval to file lawsuits using a fictitious name to avoid allowing a person harmed by this type of harassment from having their name being part of a public record. Acting quickly and immediately contacting an experienced attorney is an important step in seeking to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of online sexual exploitation and would like a free, confidential consultation, please click here or dial 866-264-7639.
© Joseph Klest, 2014.