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Former Debutante Wages War Against ‘Revenge Porn’

By Christian Boone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Never underestimate a former Buckhead debutante.

Atlanta native Charlotte Laws, who now lives in southern California, has made it her mission to torpedo the relentlessly grim world of “revenge porn,” in which private photographs are uploaded, without permission, to the Internet.

The photos are typically accompanied by identifying information about the subject, including names, workplaces, social media accounts and emails, all designed to humiliate.

Laws’ crusade exposed her to a nihilistic subculture far removed from the genteel cotillion balls she once enjoyed at the Piedmont Driving Club.

“It’s about hatred of women more than anything,” said Laws, 53, noting that at least three women have killed themselves after discovering explicit photos had been uploaded to revenge porn sites.

She’s already taken on revenge porn kingpin Hunter Moore, dubbed “the most hated man on the Internet” by Rolling Stone magazine.

Laws’ persistence led to criminal charges being brought against Moore, who faces up to 42 years in prison if convicted.

Now, more than a dozen states, including Georgia, are considering legislation that would make it a crime to publish such photos on privacy grounds. The “Intimate Harassment Bill,” proposed by state Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, seeks to close a loophole that allows people to post embarrassing images without consent.

“Most people feel this is already illegal, but it’s not,” said Tanner, whose bill targets anyone who electronically transmits an image for the purpose of harassment. House bill 838 was passed by the House Thursday.

“Years ago, you’d have a Polaroid of someone but only so many people would see it,” he said. “Now you’re seeing people’s lives ruined by this.”

A similar law in New Jersey was used in the prosecution of Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi, charged with violating the privacy of his roommate, Tyler Clementi, after he recorded him having sex with another man. Clementi committed suicide after discovering the video had gone viral.

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