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Illinois senator fights to make `revenge porn` a felony

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Other states already have laws making revenge porn a crime, and now Illinois is poised to crack down as well on, what experts say, is a growing problem.

The problem, revenge porn, is people who try and get back at an ex-lover by shaming them on the Internet with racy photos.

There are websites filled with images that were originally meant only for the eyes of one special person.

However, when those relationships sour, the nude images, often from selfies, wind up being posted on line by a jilted lover.

A Chicago-area woman, who asked FOX 32 to protect her identity, was victimized by her ex-husband who posted a wedding night sex tape on line.

"It's just been an anxiety-driven, time in my life and something I never thought I'd have to deal with," the victim said.

She says fighting what was done to her became all-consuming.

"I was obsessively, compulsively searching on the Internet for these things to try to find them before anybody else did just to avoid embarrassment with friends, but also to avoid any way that might affect my career," she said.

It's cases like that that State Senator Michael Hastings wants to prevent by making revenge porn a felony punishable by one-to-three years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

"This states that if you post something on line on to a website, then it becomes a crime. We want to make people think, before you post something on line, you think at least once, two times before you post someone's nude photo on line," Hastings said.

Without the law, victims can only fight back with civil lawsuits.

"Whether it's copyright infringement, the individual posting the images didn't have the copyright to the images, or there's some sort of privacy tort that we're going to base off, an invasion of privacy or again a false light claim," Attorney Daliah Saper said.

This woman hopes the law passes to save others the hell she says she's been through.

"It's a complete invasion of privacy and changes your life so I think that, justice should be there if somebody does do that to somebody," the victim said.

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