Revenge Porn in Virginia is a Criminal Act

In 2014 the Virginia General Assembly passed a law addressing revenge porn. Revenge porn is when people get back at exes by posting sexually explicit photos or videos of exes online without their consent. These photos and videos were meant to remain private.

Under Virginia Code Section 18.2-386.2 it is illegal for any person, with the intent to coerce, harass, or intimidate, to maliciously post or sell any video or picture that depicts another person totally nude or in a state of undress, where such person knows or has reason to know that he or she is not licensed or authorized to share such video or photo. Violation of this law is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

The internet, social media, and smartphones have made it easier than ever to communicate to large groups of people at once. With increased communication comes the ability to bully others. This new Virginia law allows victims of bullying and revenge porn to fight back. In a future post we’ll discuss whether you can seek compensation in civil court because of revenge porn.Contact Virginia internet lawyer Corey Pollard to discuss your legal options if you’re a victim of revenge porn in Virginia.