Oregon Legislature looks to bring sex laws into 21st century

Several sexual assault, revenge porn bills, under consideration in Salem.

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Several sexual assault, revenge porn bills are under consideration in Salem.

The measures are aimed at protecting people in the digital age, the Statesman Journal reports.

Smartphones and social media have made sharing photos and videos easier than ever before, even ones meant for intimate consumption only. They have also made it far easier to take photos no matter the circumstances.

At the same time, people have become more open about sexual assault and rape, and society has struggled to define and understand those issues. Political leaders seem to be becoming more aware of legal questions around those issues that need to be addressed.

Here are summaries of some of the bills:

SB188 or “revenge porn bill”: Creates crime of unlawful dissemination of intimate image.

HB3476 ensures victims aren’t exposed for coming forward with complaints: Establishes privilege in civil, criminal, administrative and school proceedings for certain communications between persons seeking services related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking and victim services programs and advocates.

HB2596 makes it a crime to take “up-skirt photos”: Provides that person who records another person’s intimate areas commits crime of invasion of personal privacy.

HB2317 lengthens the amount of time a victim has to report a sexual assault: Extends statute of limitations from 10 years to 12 years for action for recovery of real property or for recovery of possession of real property.