(April 3) – The House gave unanimous support today to Rep. Dominique Jackson’s bill to remove loopholes from Colorado’s revenge porn law.

HB18-1264, sponsored by Reps. Jackson, D-Aurora, and Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs, closes significant loopholes in the original 2014 revenge porn law that leave victims vulnerable. For example, current law does not protect a victim of domestic violence whose abuser distributes explicit images with the intent to coerce her into an ongoing sexual relationship, or a public employee whose ex-boyfriend releases explicit images claiming her public employment makes the images exempt under the “newsworthy exception” in the current law.

“This bill reflects lessons learned in the four years of enforcement since our revenge porn law was originally passed,” Rep. Jackson said. “HB 1264 strengthens protections for victims while maintaining safeguards for First Amendment rights.”

The bill is headed to the Senate.

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