Illinois Revenge Porn Laws

Legislative Information

Illinois

Statute:

Sec. 11-23.5. Non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images.

Status:

Effective June 1, 2015

Abstract of legislation:

A person commits non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images when he or she intentionally disseminates an image of another person, obtains the image under circumstances in which a reasonable person would know or understand that the image was to remain private, and knows or should have known that the person in the image has not consented to the dissemination.

Does not apply when the dissemination is:

Made for the purpose of a criminal investigation that is otherwise lawful;

For the purpose of, or in connection with, the reporting of unlawful conduct;

When the images involve voluntary exposure in public or commercial settings;

When the dissemination serves a lawful public purpose.

Conviction and sentencing:

A person convicted under this Section is subject to the forfeiture provisions in Article 124B of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images is a Class 4 felony.

Restitution to the victim:

Victims of revenge pornography may apply to receive compensation under the Crime Victims Compensation Act of 1973 (740 ILCS 45). The act provides victims and their families up to $27,000 to support them in the recovery process (counseling, psychiatric/ medical care, loss of earnings, relocation, replacement costs, etc.) Victims must apply within two years of the crime or within one year of the suspect being criminally charged- whichever date is later. Those with questions regarding the fund and process can call a toll-free Crime Victims Assistance Line at 1-800-228-3368.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=098-1138

Last updated:

January 12, 2019