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Miami Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is pleased to announce that the Senate has passed legislation making revenge porn a crime and providing stiff criminal and civil penalties for violators. The bill had previously been passed by the House and now awaits Governor Rick Scott`s signature.

This significant legislation will strengthen our ability to prosecute the heinous crime that is revenge porn. I am very appreciative of the wonderful collaboration with our stakeholders and legislators, particularly former prosecutor and now State Representative Carlos Trujillo and the efforts of Senator David Simmons and State Representative Tom Goodson who co-sponsored this important bill, commented State Attorney Fernandez Rundle.

State Attorney Fernandez Rundle worked tirelessly on this legislation with local stakeholders and advocacy groups, including Deborah Baker-Egozi, President of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and University of Miami Professor Mary Ann Franks. In Tallahassee, she met with the bill sponsors in both chambers as and worked together to find a common ground between the two bills.

The legislation specifically prohibits the posting of sexually explicit or nude photos of a person to an internet website without that person`s consent with the intent to cause emotional distress. It provides for substantial criminal penalties as well as the ability to pursue civil actions against violators. These actions include injunctive relief, monetary damages and reasonable attorney`s fees and costs.


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