Sen. Holt’s bill to criminalize
“revenge porn” heads to the
The full Senate has approved
Holt’s legislation to make “revenge
porn” a crime in Oklahoma. The bill
now advances to the Governor’s desk
for her consideration. Senate Bill 1257 passed
the Senate 39-0. The measure criminalizes
the unauthorized dissemination of intimate
photos or video—usually after a relationship
has ended—an act commonly referred to
as “revenge porn.”
“This is a purely destructive act that
almost exclusively targets women, and it should
be a crime,” said Holt, R-Oklahoma City.
“We are simply acknowledging today that
our statutes have to keep up with modern crimes.
This act should never have been socially acceptable,
but to this point it has been legally acceptable.
I am very hopeful that is about to change.”
SB 1257 provides that a person commits a crime
when they intentionally disseminate an image
of another identifiable person who is engaged
in a sexual act or is nude; they obtained
the image under circumstances that would lead
a reasonable person to know that the image
was private; the image was disseminated with
an intent to harass, intimidate, or coerce,
and they knew or should have known that the
dissemination was nonconsensual.
The legislation exempts disseminations related
to law enforcement investigations, reporting
of unlawful conduct, or when the exposure
or sexual act was committed in public or in
a commercial setting. In most instances, the
act of “revenge porn” is committed
by a person who captured or accepted the image
in the context of a trusting relationship
that has ended, at which time the person disseminated
the image on the internet. The measure also
gives judges the ability to order the image
be removed, if that is still within the power
of the person who committed the act. Someone
convicted of the crime can be sentenced to
up to one year in a county jail, and a fine.
SB 1257 was authored in the House by Rep.
John Paul Jordan, R- Yukon. If signed by the
Governor, it would take effect November 1.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Holt: (405) 521-5636