MI Senate Approves Penalties for Cyber Revenge

Michigan lawmakers are trying to enact criminal penalties on people who post sexually explicit images on the Internet without the consent of a person in order to get “revenge”.

The State Senate unanimously approved bills on Wednesday that would subject a first-time offender to a $500 fine or a maximum 93 days behind bars. Repeat offenders could owe $1,000 and face up to a year in prison. 

Sponsors of the legislation want to stop “cyber revenge” or “revenge porn” because victims’ lives are being ruined by former spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends. 

The bills now go to the House, and are sponsored by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) of Warren and Sen. Rick Jones (R) of Grand Ledge.