With technology serving as our go-to when it comes to communication and information, many people around the world have taken advantage of the internet to exploit people. One of these forms of exploitation is known as revenge porn, where someone uploads an explicit image, usually where another person is naked or engaging in sex acts, without the other person’s consent to do so.

Not only is this cruel, as it jeopardizes the relationships, work life, and family life of the victim, but it is also illegal in the state of Arizona.

Although the passing of this law (A.R.S. 13-1425) did not receive much attention from local news sources, it was signed into effect by Governor Doug Ducey in March of 2016.

Under this law, anyone who posts photographs or videos of another person without their consent is seen as violating their right to privacy, and additionally is seen as prompting harassment, threats, and intimidation to the victim.

There are different consequences depending on the level of the crime.

In Arizona, simply threatening to release these kinds of images and videos without actually doing so is filed as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The legal ramifications can include serving a six month prison sentence or paying a $2,500 fine.

If someone were to actually release these kinds of images and videos via email, social media platform, text message, or electronic device, this is filed as a Class 4 felony. The legal ramifications for doing so include paying a fine of up to $150,000, or serving 1.5 years in prison.

Additionally, a judge has the right to declare whether or not the person committing the crime must register as a sex offender, which has long lasting impact on a person’s ability to obtain work in the future or manage their current relationships with friends and family.

It is important to note that if someone sends an explicit photo or image to someone directly without having that person share the photos is not able to claim revenge porn. If someone sends this photo, they are exercising their right to privacy. It is only when that person uses that photo or video online do they get into legal trouble.