Government
4:35 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Lawmakers look to make ‘revenge porn’ a felony

It's a problem particular to the age of the Internet -- attempting to shame people by posting naked photos online. Illinois lawmakers are looking to make it a felony for doing so. Brian Mackey spoke to a woman who says she feels like she's under constant threat.

 Forget what you think you know about youth culture and "Girls Gone Wild." The compromising videos of Diana Pisone were not a mistake of youth. Rather, she says it's something she did to keep her emotionally abusive husband off her back.

 "And as self-preservation, I made choices when he said, 'Do this, or else.' And so pictures and videos were taken of me."

 Pisone, who lives in Oak Park, says her now ex-husband has threatened to post that material online.

 That's why she's asking lawmakers to make that a felony. The legislation would also make it a crime to charge money for removing such material, as some websites have done.

But the ACLU of Illinois cautions the proposal is too broad and violates the First Amendment.

 The group suggests limiting the crime to people who knowingly try to cause emotional harm. Despite those concerns, a Senate panel gave preliminary approval to the measure. A similar proposal is working its way through the House.