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Revenge Porn a Sex Crime in Israel

Spiteful ex-lovers watch out!

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If you post explicit media of a person in Israel, without their consent, you will be prosecuted as a sexual offender which is punishable with up to five years in jail.  The new law recognizes targets of revenge porn as “victims of sexual assault.”

One lawmaker, MK Yifat Kariv, went so far as to call revenge porn “virtual rape.” A large motivation for the law was for the protection of young women. Kariv stated that sexually explicit media“could ruin the lives of people and young girls, some of whom develop suicidal tendencies or become unwitting porn stars as a result.”

The ACLU holds that the posting of revenge porn is protected by the First Amendment. “The posting of otherwise lawful speech or images even if offensive or emotionally distressing is constitutionally protected. The speech must constitute a true threat or violate another otherwise lawful criminal law, such as stalking or harassment statute, in order to be made illegal.”