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Hollywood State Senator Lauren Book Wants to Make Revenge Porn a Felony After Being a Victim of It Herself Theviraltime

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Hollywood State Senator Lauren Book Wants to Make Revenge Porn a Felony After Being a Victim of It Herself Theviraltime



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Florida state senator Lauren Book has a very compelling reason to make revenge porn a felony in her home state: She herself has been a victim of it.

Not that she, or anyone, needs a compelling reason to make revenge porn—which we’ll loosely define as using sexually explicit images of someone without their consent by sharing them or threatening to share them to get money, as legal definitions vary by state—a felony. But while it’s illegal in almost every state, the laws vary across the country. In some, it’s a felony; in others, a misdemeanor (according to Business Insider, as of 2019).

Lauren Book, a Democrat, is sponsoring a bill that would strengthen Florida’s current law banning the practice, making it a felony to steal, distribute, sell, or trade stolen explicit images. Book’s images were stolen from her phone, where she had pictures of herself and her husband as well as a photo of her post-lumpectomy breast scar that she sent to a friend, reports CBS.

Jeremy Kamperveen, 19, was arrested and charged in 2021 with “extortion and cyberstalking” after he threatened to release nude images of Book unless the politician paid him $5,000, per CBS. But it wasn’t Kamperveen who originally stole the photos—he reportedly got them from private networks.

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Book learned during the investigation that her images had been passed around the internet since 2020, telling the Associated Press, per NBC, that the online messages she saw about herself were disgusting: “They were reading about who I was and talking about how I’m a survivor of rape, so let’s try to get some rape videos. Can we get some of her getting raped, killed, tortured? Can we make some of that? Can we find it? How can we get it?”





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