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Victims of revenge porn would have more rights under Bush bill

bush 053119 1SPRINGFIELD – Victims of revenge porn could seek civil damages from their perpetrator under a bill from State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) that passed in the Senate today.

“When a person shares private photos of another individual without their consent, it can ruin that person’s life,” Bush said. “While we can’t undo the damage revenge porn causes, we can help provide victims with the ability to hold perpetrators accountable for the harm they cause.”

Senate Bill 1507 allows victims of revenge porn to recover economic, non-economic and punitive damages from individuals who disseminate or threaten to disseminate private sexual images without their consent. It also gives victims more privacy protections in court documents by allowing them to have their names redacted or use a pseudonym.

“Distributing intimate images of an individual without their consent can ruin a person’s reputation, hurt career prospects, and lead to emotional distress and loss of income,” Bush said. “This measure will help victims recoup some of the financial and emotional costs of revenge porn.”

The measure was introduced after a criminal indictment was brought against disgraced former state Rep. Nick Sauer following allegations that he used sexually explicit images of his ex-girlfriend to ‘catfish’ other men.

Having passed both chambers, the bill will be sent to the governor for approval.

Sen. Melinda Bush

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31st Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Education; Environment and Conservation (Chairperson); Government Accountability/Pensions; Revenue; Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital.

Biography: Born March 18, 1956; former member of the Lake County Board, Forest Preserve Board and former Grayslake village trustee; married (Andy) with one adult son (Chris).

Associated Representatives:
Joyce Mason
Sam Yingling