Revenge porn is on its way to becoming a criminal offence in Italy

A new law on penalties for revenge porn was approved unanimously by Italy's Chamber of Deputies. 

Gea Alessi
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The new legislation states that whoever shares or publishes videos or pictures of sexually explicit content that was meant to be private, without the consent of the person represented, can face up to six years in prison. In addition, fines from 5,000 to 15,000 euros will be issued.

The same punishment applies to any third party that, having received or acquired the media in question, shares or publishes it in order to cause harm to the victim.

Harsher penalties can be applied if the crime is committed by a person who is or has been sentimentally involved with the victim, and if the latter is pregnant or suffers from disabilities. 

Public opinion had a great influence on making revenge porn a crime, as the discussion started with a petition on the website Change.org.   

“This is an example of how online activism can generate important results that have an impact on people’s life” Change.org promoters affirmed. 

Details from the story:

  • The proposal to create a specific law to combat the issue was submitted in 2018 by MP Laura Boldrini
  • Boldrini took action in order to give a substantial answer to a petition on Change.org, which was signed by more than 120.000 people  
  • The text had originally been rejected at the end of March, causing the tumultuous reaction of many female MPs 
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