Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley Sponsors Legislation Protecting Victims of Revenge Porn

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced the introduction of sponsored legislation to give victims of revenge porn more time to report these incidents. Senate Bill 23 is authored by Senator Susan Rubio (D- Baldwin Park) and co-sponsored by the California District Attorneys Association.

Senate Bill 23 changes the statute of limitations for the intentional distribution of an intimate image (Penal Code 647) from one year from the time of distribution to one year from the time that the victim discovers that the image has been distributed. Often, victims are not aware that the image has been distributed online until the existing statute of limitations has lapsed, preventing them from seeking criminal charges.

“Image-based sexual abuse is an invasive and increasingly common crime, which involves nonconsensual posting of private or intimate photos or videos,” states DA O’Malley. “These images are posted to social media sites to shame, embarrass, harass, and intimidate the victim. We must ensure that California law can protect victims of this horrible crime. I want to thank Senator Rubio for authoring this important piece of legislation.”

DA O’Malley has long been an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the California State Legislature. In 2019, DA O’Malley sponsored successful legislation SB 22 to mandate the prompt testing of sexual assault kits. In 2020, DA O’Malley sponsored AB 1927, which protected victims of sexual assault from separate prosecution for drug and alcohol related crimes. This bill is a continuation of the fight for justice for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

“Perpetrators of domestic violence sometimes use the release of private, intimate images as another tool of coercive control,” Sen. Rubio said. “It’s an attempt to shame and intimidate the victim, with the plan to provoke long-lasting trauma in their personal and professional lives. This bill will give victims, who often don’t find out until much later that the images have been released, more time to seek justice.”

As the region faces another stay at home order, the DA’s office is here to help those suffering from domestic violence. Alameda County residents can contact the Alameda County Family Justice center by calling 510-267-8800 from 8:30AM-5PM to speak with a Client Navigator. The facility remains open to serve those in need at 470 27th Street in Oakland.

Posted on Dec 8, 2020