NH divided on sharing of sexual images - 169 participants, 474 responses

Mar 23, 2016

Concerns have been raised recently in several states, including New Hampshire, about the phenomenon of “revenge porn”, or the sharing, selling or otherwise distributing sexual or intimate images of another person without their consent. Examples of nonconsensual pornography include posting sexually explicit images of another person online or sharing them through social media apps without that person’s permission. In March, the governor of Arizona signed a measure that explicitly criminalizes the activity, joining over two dozen other states which have passed similar laws. A move to do the same is currently underway in New Hampshire with SB 465. On March 23, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH criminalize the sharing of private sexual images of another person without his or her consent?”

“Should NH criminalize the sharing of private sexual images of another person without his or her consent?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Participation:

A total of 93% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 7% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 474 responses from 169 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: The majority, at 51% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of criminalizing the sharing of private sexual images of another person.

  • "Publishing non-authorized photographs or videos with the intent to embarrass or humiliate those in it should be considered a crime.”
  • “Just because the pictures were taken doesn't mean distribution was also consented.”
  • “Yes. It's a life-shattering invasion of privacy.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 49%, opposed criminalizing the sharing of private sexual images of another person.

  • “If someone allows the photo to be taken, it becomes the property of the photographer to do with as they please.”
  • “How do you prove if it was or wasn’t with consent? When was the last time you signed a legal document saying it was okay to share a photo?”
  • “Shouldn't be illegal if the photos or video were taken with consent of the people in them. Whoever takes the picture, owns it, just like any other pictures they take.”

Other: As noted above, 7% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Debating the logistics behind enforcing any legislation: “If someone takes a video or photos made with consent across state lines and releases them, what control do we have over that?”
  • Discussing private sexual images in broader terms: “How about stop all porn altogether? Nothing good comes of it.
  • Expressing concern at the complexity of the issue: “Taking a photo with consent and distributing it are two different things.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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