‘Revenge porn’ victim seeks new laws in Kansas, Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City-area woman who was a victim of ``revenge porn'' is working to persuade Kansas and Missouri legislators to make the practice illegal.

Alecia Clemmons says that after someone posted naked pictures of her taken by a former husband several years ago, she had to move, change her job and endure a torrent of abusive emails and messages.

KDAF-TV reports that:

Clemmons remembers that morning in February. She says she walked out of her shower to find an estranged ex-husband recording her with a video camera. She says she'd recently obtained a restraining order against the man.

"I opened the shower curtain, and there he was and he was taking photographs," Crain said.

Seven days later, she learned the pictures had been posted on a website called MyEx.com as a means of revenge.

Clemmons then discovered neither state prohibits sharing such pictures if they were taken during an intimate relationship, even if the victim has not given consent. It is illegal in both states to photograph people without their knowledge and use the pictures for blackmail.

The Kansas City Star reports that Clemmons testified earlier this year on proposed bills in both states but neither measure made it out of committee.
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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com