Revenge Porn Bill Passes

by Lexi Gonzales*

“Revenge porn” is the internet trend of sharing sexually explicit images without the consent of the pictured person. In many instances, the images are shared by a former spouse or partner who is seeking revenge following the end of a relationship. Victims have been known to suffer from immediate and irreversible harm. In addition to this, identifying information such as names, contact information, and links to social media are often posted alongside the images.

Recently, S.B. 1135 was signed into law by Governor Abbott. The law, which criminalizes revenge porn, creates a Class A misdemeanor offense for a person who unlawfully discloses or promotes intimate visual material without the effective consent of the depicted person. The law also provides the victim with civil remedies when intimate images are disclosed in a nonconsensual manner and cause harm to the depicted person. The law takes effect September 1, 2015.

Though not directly inspired by the following, SB 1135 may have been able to address the case of Christopher Michael Dupuy, a former Galveston County Court-of-Law Judge. According to the Cypress Creek Mirror, Dupuy was arrested on two counts of felony online impersonation. Dupuy impersonated two different women, his ex-girlfriend and a woman he represented while he was an attorney who had declined his advances.

Court records claim Dupuy used photos from the women’s Facebook pages in advertisements on online classifieds offering escort and sex services. A number of the ads included the victims’ personal phone numbers. After receiving calls and texts from men answering the ads one of the women contacted authorities.  A photo of one of the woman’s naked breast sent to Dupuy while she was dating him was posted in an ad. Dupuy allegedly used the alias Don Tequila and routed his post through foreign computer servers. Dupuy served as Galveston County Judge at Law No. 3 from 2010 to 2013, when he resigned after being charged with multiple counts of lying under oath and abuse.

In today’s social media driven society instances of revenge porn are unfortunately becoming more common. For college students, whose lives revolve around the internet and their cell phones, the risks are particularly high. Check out our earlier blog post on revenge porn for some suggestions on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of revenge porn.

If you have any questions about revenge porn, contact Student Legal & Mediation Services at (936) 294-1717 or e-mail at slms@shsu.edu

Resources:

http://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_6ac9dd20-21e3-11e5-b647-372ca8055376.html

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/cypresscreek/safecommunities/former-galveston-county-judge-arrested-for-alleged-revenge-porn-scheme/article_4fb796a0-24c0-11e5-b9c0-0f5236927e18.html

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2015/07/06/ex-judge-charged-with-creating-online-hooker-ads-for-women-who-rejected-him/

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