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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.

Bryan Harz February 25, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Unfortunately the only real way to keep this from happening is not letting anyone take naked pictures of you to begin with. As fun as it may be at the time, the repercussions may be severe.
MG42 February 25, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
vahlvt February 26, 2014 at 08:29 AM
I have to wonder how HIS family, coworkers, and friends would feel if they knew he was doing this. What pride they must feel in knowing they raised, worked, and are friends with such scum.
dave February 26, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Why is it that everyone wants to change the law, or create a new law, to cover some poor decision we made that created the problem that we have to start with?
Jakinator February 26, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Why in the world would anyone allow naked pictures to be taken of themselves in the first place? The potential for abuse is too high. I've been married more than 20 years and still wouldn't allow my husband to do it, because they could too easily end up in the wrong hands.
Cheryl February 26, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Because, DAVE, there are too many stupid, vindictive "rape-culture" gun-toting radical guys out there. And women have to learn to protect themselves, because guys these days CANNOT be trusted. With the internet, laws MUST be changed. It's just like guns ... people misuse them and do horrible things with them. Apparently, Americans simply cannot handle the freedoms they've been entrusted with ... and the abuses come from the top down. Washington is no better, as we can see by all the infringements on our rights, and especially those against women.
Wallace Carter February 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM
These kids today need to understand that the "cute" little nude selfie they took of themselves will only be the deal breaker for them years later when they try to go after that high paying job. Job recruiters where I work are doing nothing but scouring social websites of potential new hires...I don't think any of those poor bastards know what is going on or why they never got the job.
MG42 February 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Cheryl- one hand you are saying that Americans cannot handle our "freedoms" and then you immediately say that the government/men/the world is infringing on the rights of women. Well, which is it? This proposed law basically assumes that women are stupid. Save the drama for your mama, lady.
J Leland February 26, 2014 at 04:08 PM
FYI Cheryl- there are plenty of women who can't be trusted too; ask most men. The fact is if you're dumb enough to let a man take naked pictures of you than you should live with the consequences. While you're man-hating you may come to the realization that this bill is one that does nothing but protect stupid women from themselves.
Engorgio Penissio February 26, 2014 at 05:18 PM
I tried to take some of those type photos of my wife a few years ago, but I didn't have a wide angle lens!
Merrill Kaitz February 26, 2014 at 06:08 PM
J leland: "...you may come to the realization that this bill is one that does nothing but protect stupid women from themselves." And why does this make the proposed law a bad idea? Also: stupid women? or women who make a stupid mistake? As if all of us don't make dumb mistakes once in awhile.
Merrill Kaitz February 26, 2014 at 06:11 PM
I guess all the men who oppose making a law about this... don't want to make the world safer for women who agree to have nude pictures taken by someone they trust?
Lesley Turnbull February 26, 2014 at 06:33 PM
First off I cannot believe that this is NOT already against the law since it is so obviously a moral wrong as well as violating the privacy of the unknowing person and possibly endangering her (or his) as well. Consider the type person that would be doing the viewing!! The internet has been around long enough now that these laws should have already been in place. And three measly years in jail? a $500 fine? Come on now...just as incomprehensible. I really would hope that the courts would put a slightly higher value on a person's privacy. Or isn't the expectation of personal privacy valid and this privacy worth protecting? The laws need to be changed to protect us all from vindictive lunatics.
Bryan Harz February 26, 2014 at 06:58 PM
Well if you're going to bring up morals, maybe the people who let others take nude pictures of them should get some. Problem solved. If they had their photo taken without their consent, then that is a different issue - Privacy has been violated.
Kuntinun Punyamanee Richard Wells February 26, 2014 at 07:05 PM
it's about time that somebody take care of that problem that is what happen when one member of the couple is a as.....
Marvin McDonald February 26, 2014 at 07:47 PM
So what kind of law do you want? One that makes it illegal to star in your own home made porn? Making it illegal to take naked pictures. Making it illegal to own naked pictures. Now did he force you to take the pictures? Did you let him take the pictures home with him? Did you actively participate in filming them? Who owned the camera? Who owns the film/disk? Seems to me that this is a mutual problem, if you gave him or allowed him to have these pictures, YOU gave him permission to do what he wants with them. As a college professor surely you are smart enough to not put your job in jeopardy, guess not. Revenge porn is just porn.
thomas collins February 26, 2014 at 08:56 PM
who wants to see her nude shes a dog why would she pose nude anyway looking like that
elaine whitmore February 27, 2014 at 12:21 AM
Uggg. What a bunch of disgusting men in Maryland. Bunch of a-holes. Well little male creepos, let's see how you feel about revenge porn when it happens to your mom, your aunt, your niece, your daughter..oh that's right you guys commenting are pr*icks, you won't feel a thing.
elaine whitmore February 27, 2014 at 12:22 AM
Amen CHERYL btw
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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