Revenge porn has become a growing problem over the last several years. Photos that were once consensually sent within a relationship are then shared without permission from the sender, after a breakup to blackmail or seek revenge. Since 2014, revenge porn has been a criminal offense in the state of Illinois.
Revenge porn is a class 4 felony (18 and up) with potential hefty fines and up to 2 ½ years probation. Victims can file civil suits for damages resulting in the offender paying hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If the victim is under the age of 18, the offender could face child pornography charges even if the offender received the photos during a romantic relationship. Anyone charged with this offense is required to be on the sex offender registry, along with high fines and prison time.
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