DA-sponsored bill on revenge porn signed into law by Newsom

Senate Bill 23 sets statute of limitation at one year from discovery for victims of revenge porn

SACRAMENTO – For people who have had their privacy violated by so called “revenge porn,” there is time to fight back in the courts thanks to recently signed legislation.

Senate Bill (SB) 23, a bill co-sponsored by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week. Authored by Sen. Susan Rubio and additionally co-sponsored by the California District Attorneys Association, the bill strengthens protections for victims of revenge porn. Revenge porn is broadly defined as the distribution of sexually explicit images or videos of individuals without their consent.

Before victims had one year to file charges from the date it was published, now victims have a year to file charges from the date it is discovered. A 2019 Tulare County case inspired the new legislation in Sacramento, according to the DA’s office.

“In Tulare County, a victim of revenge porn was unable to seek justice because she did not discover that private photos of her were shared online until three years after they were was distributed,” TCDA Supervising Deputy District Attorney Erica Gonzalez said. “It was an honor working with CDAA and legislators to ensure victims of this crime have a path to justice.”

Gonzalez actively participated in drafting the bill with Senate legislators and testified in support to the Senate Public Safety Committee in March of 2021. The bill passed unanimously in both houses.

“I applaud Senator Rubio and CDAA for working with us to get this bill passed. This is a meaningful change in the law that could impact victims not only here in Tulare County, but across our entire state,” said District Attorney Tim Ward.

This bill applies to crimes that were committed on or after Jan. 1, 2021, and to crimes for which the statute of limitations that was in effect before Jan. 1, 2021, has not run as of Jan. 1, 2021.

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