State revenge porn bill passes House Judiciary Committee

A comprehensive ban on “revenge pornography” unanimously passed the State House Judiciary Committee Thursday, March 20.

The House version bans all distribution of sexually explicit videos or photos without a person’s consent. Violation is a Class 3 felony.

The Senate previously passed its own bill against posting revenge porn on the Internet.

State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood), a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted sex crimes, is the bill’s sponsor.

“Revenge porn is being used to ruin people’s lives,” Drury said in a statement. “This law protects potential victims and allows law enforcement to punish those who engage in this hateful conduct.”

Drury is serving his first term representing Illinois’ 58th District, which includes all or portions of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Knollwood, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, North Chicago and Riverwoods

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