The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill early Wednesday morning that would make “revenge porn” and “upskirting” criminal offenses.
The law that passed the house early this morning also increases the penalties for so-called "Peeping Tom" violations and allows prosecution of these types of cases within five years from the date the victim discovers the recording exists.
The goals of the bill include protecting victims of voyeurism from public embarrassment, as well as to make it a criminal offense to share intimate images of another person to harass, annoy, alarm or terrorize the other person.
The bill also increases the penalty for voyeurism when the victim is under age 16 or the offender has a prior conviction of voyeurism or certain other crimes.
It also increases protections for victims of voyeurism, including their names, addresses, and other identifying information.
The bill passed unanimously, with six people absent or not voting.