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One of the hundreds of bills Gov. J.B. Pritzker is set to consider would allow victims of revenge porn to sue the person who posted the images online for up to $10,000 in civil damages.

Posting sexually explicit content of someone online without their consent is already a crime in Illinois. State Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville, got Senate Bill 1507 passed to give victims the ability to file a civil lawsuit.

Senate Bill 1507 creates a civil remedy for non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images,” Edly-Allen said. “We call it a revenge porn act and it allows litigants to bring civil action.”

The measure passed both chambers unanimously, but only after the original bill was changed several times. The changes included limiting the measure to people older than 18 and shortening the time limit for victims to file suit.

“Removing a provision allowing persons to bring a cause of action even where the image was taken in a public place, and limiting the statutory damages to $10,000 and the last reducing the statute of limitations from four years to two years,” Edly-Allen said.

“This is personally very important to me because it affected one of the people in my district, former rep.,” she said.

Former Republican state Rep. Nick Sauer is accused of posting explicit images of two ex-girlfriends online without their consent and faces criminal charges in Lake County. The next hearing in that criminal case is June 17. Sauer has pleaded not guilty, according to media reports.

“This is really becoming a prevalent issue with social media becoming more and more used,” Edly-Allen said. “We need to protect our citizens.”

This article originally ran on thecentersquare.com.

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