New law makes revenge porn threat a Class C felony

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new law makes threats to disclose nude or sexually explicit images or videos of another person without their consent a class C felony.

Hawaii banned revenge porn in 2014, but the bill did not criminalize the threat, according to a news release.

The governor signed House Bill 2134 into law Thursday. It takes effect immediately.

"Pimps, sex traffickers and angry ex-lovers often threaten to humiliate their victims by sharing sexually explicit material with the victim's friends and family or the general public," said Kris Coffield, executive director of nonprofit IMUAlliance.

Former Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the 2014 bill, making Hawaii the 10th state in the nation with such a law on the books.

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