Will hold press conference Wed., Oct. 30, at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

WHAT: Press conference announcing Maryland’s first law to criminalize “revenge porn” — the nonconsensual disclosure of sexually explicit pictures and videos of ex-significant others via the Internet. Only two other states have similar laws. UM Carey Law Professor Danielle Keats Citron, an expert in Internet privacy, and Victim Advocate Annmarie Chirarini, who was subjected to revenge porn, will speak about how revenge porn raises the risk of offline stalking and physical attacks on its victims. The bill makes it a felony to intentionally disclose in a public way, using the Internet or otherwise, a sexually explicit image of another person without their consent to release that image.

WHEN: October 30, 10:30 am

WHERE: Suite 200, University of Maryland Francis King Carey
School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Jon Cardin, Delegate, District 11, Baltimore County
Danielle Keats Citron, professor, UM Carey School of Law, internationally- recognized expert on privacy law who has written extensively about “revenge porn”
Annmarie Chiarini, Victim Advocate for the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about online harassment

INFO: According to 2006 Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated 850,000 people experienced some form online stalking with a ‘significant’ online component.
Having personal information spread over the Internet is a violation of trust as well as a criminal offense says Professor Citron. While major revenge porn websites such as Texxan.com and IsAnyoneUp.com have been shut down, new websites continue to appear. The bill makes it a felony to intentionally disclose in a public way, using the Internet or otherwise, a sexually explicit image of another person without their consent to release that image. Conviction would be punishable by up to five years in prison or a $25,000 fine, or both.

NOTE: All presenters, including Victim-Advocate Annmarie Chiarini will be available for interviews at the press conference

Bio for Jon Cardin: http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa13984.html

Bio for Professor Danielle Keats Citron:
http://www.law.umaryland.edu/faculty/profiles/faculty.html?facultynum=028

Link to Cyber Civil Rights Initiative: http://www.cybercivilrights.org/

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