Oregon’s revenge porn laws were enacted at the beginning of 2016.

USAttorneys discusses revenge porn in Oregon and recent case the shows the consequences

Roseburg, OR- Earlier this month, a 31-year-old man became the first person in Oregon to be convicted under the state’s newly implemented revenge porn statutes. A recent study shows that one in 25 American women will be the victim of revenge porn, so it is becoming a widespread problem and nearly two dozen states are addressing by making it a crime.  In this article, our team of criminal defense attorneys in Roseburg, Oregon will discuss revenge porn and the consequences of a conviction.

that Benjamin Barber was convicted of five counts of revenge porn after he posted intimate videos of his ex-girlfriend to several pornographic websites. The videos were recorded when the pair were a couple, but Barber posted them online after the couple broke up.

Barber is the first person to be convicted under Oregon’s unlawful dissemination of an intimate image law, and he was sentenced to six months in jail. Once he is released, Barber must serve five years’ probation, but he is not required to register as a sex offender.

Barber told one reporter that he was exercising his right to free speech when he posted the photos and videos of his ex-girlfriend, Fusion reported.

Victims of revenge porn can be men or women no matter what their sexual orientation.

What is revenge porn?

Revenge porn, also known as nonconsensual pornography, is the act of distributing sexually explicit photos or videos of another person without their consent. The photo or video can be one the victim took themselves or a photo or video taken by someone else. Even if a victim gave their consent when the photo was taken or the video was recorded, it is still illegal to distribute them without the victim’s permission.

There are numerous revenge porn websites a person can upload these intimate photos or videos to and some give the victim’s name, addresses, and other personal information. Revenge porn can also be posted to Facebook or other internet platform or sent through email or text message.

Oregon’s law Senate Bill 188 was enacted in 2016 and makes it illegal to post a photo or video of an ex-lover on the internet without their consent to ruin their reputation or to humiliate them. A first offense is a misdemeanor punishable by jail, fines, and probation. Repeat offenses can be elevated to a felony.

If you are charged with unlawful dissemination of an intimate image, USAttorneys recommends you get legal advice immediately. One of our criminal defense lawyers in Oregon can explain your charges and give you an idea of the consequences you are facing. Our skilled team of defense lawyers will stand up for your rights and strive for the best possible outcome. Call a local attorney and arrange a time to meet to talk about your case.

Victims of revenge porn can be men or women no matter what their sexual orientation.