Mississippi lawmakers considering bill to outlaw ‘revenge porn’

JACKSON, Miss. — The state of Mississippi could join 46 states in punishing people for “revenge porn.”

The bill that passed the Mississippi Senate last week would set penalties for people who share intimate visual material of another person without that person’s permission and with the intent to cause harm.

The material could include pictures shared during a relationship that was only intended to be seen by the recipient. It could also include images of someone being molested.

The bill defines the material as photos or videos of a person’s private body parts that are exposed or engaged in sexual conduct.

Republican Sen. Jeremy England of Vancleave said 46 states already outlaw the sharing of such material that is sometimes called “revenge porn.” He said Mississippi prosecutors are requesting a law in this state.

Senate Bill 2121 goes to the House for more debate.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.