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Wake County victim hopes 'revenge porn' bill becomes law

Posted July 29, 2015

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— A Wake County woman whose life was turned upside down after her ex-boyfriend posted sexually explicit pictures of her on social media says while it may be too late for her, she is grateful the state Senate tentatively approved making "revenge porn" a crime.

House Bill 792 would create a new crime of "revenge postings," covering the willful and malicious disclosure of private images created within the context of a personal relationship without the other party's consent.

Kim Langlois said soon after she got a protective order against her ex-boyfriend in August, she became a victim of revenge porn.

"It's devastating. It's embarrassing," she said. "You think you're with someone you can trust, in the privacy of your own home and then you find out that it is not the case."

Langlois said her ex-boyfriend sent the racy pictures to her family and her job.

"I started to question my own morals," she said. "How could I have done that? I'm a mom. I'm a professional woman."

Langlois said she went to authorities, but was shocked to learn her ex-boyfriend did not break the law since she consented to the photos, and was of age.

"I didn't know what was going to come of the next day," she said. "There really needs to be some kind of repercussions because it can really, really ruin someone's reputation."

The bill also gives the "depicted person" the right to sue for up to $10,000 in damages, plus punitive damages and attorneys' fees. It has a four-year statute of limitations and would take effect Dec. 1.

The measure passed on an unanimous vote. If it passes its final Senate vote Monday, it heads back to the House for concurrence in the Senate's changes.

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  • Tammy Thomason Aug 2, 2015
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    For those of you who have never had something this horrible happen to you, how could you understand! I was asleep one night in my bedroom, my then boyfriend took photos of me . I was sleeping and he pulled my night shirt up . I had no idea he took the photos. Until I was leaving him and he told me he was going to text the photos to my family and put them on the internet for the world to see. I am a 54 year old mother of four grown sons, a daughter and a business owner. He texted my 78 year old father one of the many photos he took that night. This photo showed all of my private parts. So for those of you who judge nude photos as not a big deal..think again. So guys how would you feel getting a photo like that of your Mother or Sister? Dad’s.... you get a text message on your phone and it’s of your baby girl, who is now a grown woman naked and the last time you saw her private parts was when you changed her diapers. I never consented to the photos...now what?

  • Cindy Smith Jul 30, 2015
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    And THAT mindset is part of the problem. You're blaming the victim. What happens behind closed doors between consenting adults is private. This is about a bullying sociopath victimizing AGAIN.

  • Jason Starcommand Jul 30, 2015
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    Why did WRAL block out the pic of the ex-bf (if that's him in the pic)? This lady should post any pics of her ex she has before the law takes effect.

  • Tom Haywood Jul 30, 2015
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    I think the bill is a good idea, and it's not my job to judge anyone for what they do ... but here's a thought ... don't consent to the pics in the first place and then there's no issue.