State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today announced that SB 1255, legislation to expand the scope of the law to combat “revenge porn” has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The legislation modified current law to include what is commonly known as a “selfie,” an image someone takes of themselves. The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly on unanimous votes. It is now illegal to distribute revenge porn regardless of who created the image.
“As we have seen in recent headlines, spreading images on the Internet to harm or embarrass another is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. I am pleased that the Governor has recognized the need to strengthen our law combatting revenge porn,” said Senator Cannella. “By including selfies, we will provide even greater protections to victims. SB 1255 builds on last year’s law to ensure revenge porn is outlawed in its entirety.”
Last year, Cannella’s SB 255 was signed by Governor Brown, making the act a misdemeanor. SB 1255 expands the law to protect a greater number of victims. The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative estimates that more than half of revenge porn cases involve selfies.
“I want to thank Senator Cannella for his leadership on keeping California on the forefront of the fight against revenge porn,” said Kathy Moore, Executive Director of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. “Too many victims have been irreparably harmed by the practice and this new law is a strong deterrent.”