UNM workshop to include talk on ‘revenge porn’

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It happens often enough there’s a term for it: Revenge porn.

It is when someone posts otherwise private, naked pics or video of an ex to humiliate them. Now, the University of New Mexico is warning students about it and a lawmaker is getting ready to do something about it.

“I know it happens because you hear stories or you read about it on the Internet,” said Vinnessa Martinez.

The headlines have sparked 13 states to create legislation to make revenge porn a crime.

New Mexico Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, tried to pass a law in the last legislative session but with only 30 days to work with, he said it wasn’t enough time. Egolf said he’ll introduce it again in the next session in January.

In the meantime, UNM is hosting a workshop Wednesday called “Coping with Ending Relationships” that will include a talk on revenge porn and address the risks in posing for or sharing nude photos.

“I don’t know if people understand the ramifications of digital media in general,” said Vincent Brandon.

“I guess it comes with a level of maturity. If you’re going to go ahead and do something like that to begin with, you should know that is a potential consequence somewhere down the road,” said Shaolin Caro.

UNM’s Counseling Services is holding the workshop for students only at 3:30 p.m. at the Student Health and Counseling buildings.

Students said it’s probably a good thing because most aren’t always thinking of where those pictures could end up.

“Really, it starts with the person. You just shouldn’t, shouldn’t send it. Don’t do it,” Martinez said.

The legislation that could be proposed in New Mexico would make it illegal to distribute sensitive images of a person without their consent in order to harass or embarrass the person.

Nearby, Arizona enacted a revenge porn law, but it doesn’t say anything about pictures being posted with the intent to humiliate someone. The ACLU is now suing the state of Arizona, claiming it violates freedom of speech.

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