Revenge porn now a criminal offense in Georgia

News 12 at 11 / Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A new type of revenge is making rounds on the internet.

It's getting so popular, Georgia passed a new law just to fight it. It's called revenge porn, and it's when someone posts explicit pictures or video of someone else online without their consent. It may have happened to several Augusta women Sunday night.

A Facebook page of someone claiming to be from Augusta starting posting inappropriate pictures. As the night went on, the pictures got more graphic. Now, one woman is speaking out.

When Shauntrice Vaughns logged on to Facebook, she did not expect to find what she saw.

"First I just saw a picture of a guy and a girl having sex or whatever," she said.

But, it didn't stop there.

"Later on I saw more pictures of girls. It was pictures of girls' body parts," she told News 12. "It started to get ridiculous."

Around 7 p.m. Sunday, it started with a post ending in this hashtag: #aintnobodysafetonight. By midnight, at least ten different posts of obscene pictures and videos were uploaded to the page, some even tagging the girls' names.

Vaughns says she was disgusted by the posts.

"It's something no woman should have to go through. No woman should have to go on Facebook and see their body exposed for everyone to see," she said.

Now, it's not just what some consider just degrading or mean. In Georgia, you could be breaking the law.

"Obscenity law says generally you cannot distribute obscene or immoral or indecent material unsolicited either through the mail or through a computer service," attorney William Sussman said.

As of July, there's another law on the books after House Bill 838 was passed and signed by the Governor. The law makes a first offense a high and aggravated misdemeanor and a second offense a felony.

While the sheriff's office knows about this page, they say they're not currently investigating because no victims have come forward.

"Of right now, it's not being looked into mainly because what was there is no longer there now," Sgt. Shane McDaniel said.

Although, Shauntrice warns women there's only one way to avoid being a victim.

"This is a big lesson to women everywhere. Once you press that send button, that picture is no longer yours," she said.

Shauntrice says she's seeing more of these kinds of posts on the internet.

If you have been a victim of revenge porn, the Sheriff's Office says to try to capture what was posted as evidence and file a report.


Have information or an opinion about this story? Click here to contact the newsroom.


Copyright WRDW-TV News 12. All rights reserved. This material may not be republished without express written permission.


WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 270848051 - wrdw.com/a?a=270848051