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'Revenge porn' is legal in Florida, for now

11:58 PM, Nov 15, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It starts with a flash.

"Most of the cases we're talking about are people who actually sent it out on their own. That's the problem victims are running in to," said Attorney Richard Kuritz.

Kuritz said as soon as you send a picture of yourself to someone else, legally what they do with it is out of your hands.

"They're technically saying, 'I don't want this to be private, I'm sharing it with you.' They're putting themselves out there," Kuritz said.

Thousands of women across the country have fought back against the practice, but the American Civil Liberties Union has defended it, saying it's free speech.

New Jersey and California have now outlawed revenge porn, and several other states are considering a ban.

"Everything is legal until it's outlawed. And it's one of those things," said Kuritz.

Two of the biggest revenge porn sites have been shut down because of legal concerns, and Kuritz thinks eventually it will be illegal everywhere but even that might not stop people from doing it.

"If you're going to take pictures of yourself, and distribute them to the world wide web, or the great unknown, you know you're taking a huge risk," he said.

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