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Group pushing for ‘revenge porn law’ in West Virginia

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It’s Senate Bill 240, and some call the "revenge porn law."

Bethany College students and a local law enforcement officer worked on the bill in West Virginia.

Last week they testified to state leaders.

The bill has to do with bitter exes and explicit pictures used for revenge. It something the college students and detective and Professor Zach Allman say is something that happens too often and needs to be stopped.

“It’s someone getting an intimate image of another and posting it to the internet with the intent to hurt or humiliate that person and there was nothing law enforcement could do to protect them,” Allman said.

Allman, a criminal investigator with the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, believes it should be a crime. It is not in West Virginia.

So he presented the issue to students. It’s something they were dealing with, and it’s something that could ruin a reputation in a blink of an eye.

"If I send just one photo to one person through text, I give consent to that person to see it, but no, ‘hey send that to the world,’ " recent Bethany College graduate Brigit Andrewsh said.

Andrewsh and other students presented their case to local lawmakers State Senator Ryan Ferns and Delegate Joe Canestraro and so came Senate Bill 240.

The students and Allman testified recently to lawmakers when they visited Charleston. It’s now making its way through the House and Senate.

“I wanted to show them more or less the power of a good education, coupled with good old fashion hard-work, you can change the community, you can change the world,” Allman said.

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