Criminalizing Revenge Porn
Danielle Keats Citron
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Yale University - Yale Information Society Project; Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society
Mary Anne Franks
University of Miami School of Law
Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 49, 2014, p. 345+
U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-1
Violations of sexual privacy, notably the non-consensual publication of sexually graphic images in violation of someone's trust, deserve criminal punishment. They deny subjects' ability to decide if and when they are sexually exposed to the public and undermine trust needed for intimate relationships. Then too they produce grave emotional and dignitary harms, exact steep financial costs, and increase the risks of physical assault. A narrowly and carefully crafted criminal statute can comport with the First Amendment. The criminalization of revenge porn is necessary to protect against devastating privacy invasions that chill self-expression and ruin lives.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 48
Keywords: invasion of privacyAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 19, 2013 ; Last revised: May 19, 2014
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