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Md. Measure Outlawing 'Revenge Porn' Likely to Face Vote This Week

Annmarie Chiarini of Towson is working to make revenge porn a crime in Maryland after becoming the victim of an angry ex.

Annmarie Chiarini of Towson is working to make revenge porn a crime in Maryland. Credit: Screenshot of WJLA video
Annmarie Chiarini of Towson is working to make revenge porn a crime in Maryland. Credit: Screenshot of WJLA video

Posting nude photos of a former partner online – dubbed revenge porn -- could soon become a crime in Maryland.

House of Delegates are voting this week on whether to make sharing nude photos without the subject’s knowledge a crime. The bill may then head to the state senate.

“There was a lot of shame and embarrassment,” victim Annmarie Chiarini of Towson told WJLA TV. “I did not choose to have my sexuality broadcast."

Chiarini – a single mother of two and English professor at a community college – has worked to classify revenge porn as a crime since an ex-boyfriend threatened to auction a CD of nude photos of her on eBay, and posted her photos on a porn website. The action humiliated Chiarini, tarnished her reputation and put her job in jeopardy.

When she learned police couldn't help because her ex-boyfriend’s actions didn’t break existing law, she vowed to change Maryland law.

Delegate Luiz Simmon of Silver Spring said the issue resonated with him after one of his employees told him someone was threatening to post intimate photos of that employee on social media if she didn't give up personal information.

The proposed legislation would make posting revenge porn a misdemeanor punishable by three years in jail and a $500 fine.

Jeff H. February 27, 2014 at 07:00 AM
Elaine Whitmore: While I can't speak with absolute authority for them, I'm pretty sure I don't have to worry about seeing naked pics of my mom, aunt, niece (no daughter, sorry) online because none of the above are disgusting women. You and Cheryl sound like serious misandrists. Or did you stupidly get burned with these pics? Sorry chickie, you reap what you sow.
Bryan Harz February 27, 2014 at 10:20 AM
I'm sure there are Polaroids of naked women, men, and couples in shoeboxes in bedroom closets all over America - but most have been lost and or forgotten. We now live in the digital age where a "fun" picture can be digitally duplicated, altered, forwarded to countless phones, and posted on the Internet for everyone to see. Protect yourself and please don't expect the government or taxpayers to do it for you. Also just because a few men made unfortunate choices to post pictures of ex-girlfriends does not mean all men are bad. That's not being honest. That's hating others instead of coming to terms with your own poor decision.
Bryan Harz February 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Btw, I'm not saying that it's OK for men or women to post explicit pictures of someone else without their consent...it's wrong no doubt. But that doesn't mean there needs to be a law. Better to be called a prude and not get your picture taken than to be a good sport and suffer embarrassing consequences.

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