ALBANY – Anyone convicted of posting revenge porn or blackmailing someone for sexually explicit material may soon have to register as a sex offender.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal Thursday as part of the upcoming State of the State address on Jan. 3, saying the measure would criminalize non-consensual disclosing of sexual images and revenge porn.
“The dangerous proliferation of sextortion and revenge crimes disproportionately targets young women and girls and causes harm and embarrassment that can follow victims their entire lives,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“This new legislation outlaws this horrific, exploitive practice once and for all in New York and will help provide New Yorkers with peace of mind both on- and offline.”
The measure, which would need approval of the state Legislature, would require anyone caught sexually extorting another person; releasing damaging images; or threatening to do so, to