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Missouri House Advances Bill Criminalizing Revenge Porn

The Missouri House of Representatives heard and advanced a bill Tuesday night that would criminalize the practice of revenge porn. The bill makes it a felony when an image that would reasonably be understood as private, is intentionally shared without the knowledge or consent from the other party.

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The Missouri House of Representatives heard and advanced a bill Tuesday night that would criminalize the practice of revenge porn. The bill makes it a felony when an image that would reasonably be understood as private, is intentionally shared without the knowledge or consent from the other party.


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