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House taking up 'revenge porn' legislation

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Publishing explicit images of someone without their consent would become a crime under legislation being voted on by the Rhode Island House.        

The bill scheduled for a vote Tuesday aims to stamp out the practice commonly referred to as "revenge porn.''        

It would make it a felony to post sexually explicit photos of someone without their consent when that person had a "reasonable expectation of privacy.''
       
Doing so would be a felony punishable by up to three years in prison even if the pictures were originally taken with permission.
       
The Senate has already passed a companion bill.        

"Revenge porn'' is generally perpetrated by an ex-partner or a hacker for the purpose of humiliation, or some other malicious intent.

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