Coffman on Passage of ‘PRIVATE ACT’

Bill Criminalizes Non-Consensual Pornography

f t # e
Washington, DC, May 24, 2017 | comments

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) offered the following statement upon House passage of H.R. 2052, the ‘Protecting the Rights of Individuals Against Technological Exploitation Act’ or the “PRIVATE Act”:

As a Marine Corps combat veteran, I find it abhorrent that some service members are willing to compromise unit cohesiveness by sharing non-consensual explicit photographs of fellow service members. The 'PRIVATE Act' seeks increased protection for members who are victimized by other service members . I strongly support this bill and thank Rep. McSally for her work on this important issue. Together, we must continue to work to prevent these deplorable acts from occurring in the future."  

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)  has two broad articles to address unprofessional conduct. The PRIVATE Act would strengthen the UCMJ by defining when non-consensual sharing of private, intimate media is a crime by clarifying the intent. This will allow commanders greater flexibility to prosecute members of the military who participate in this shameful act, as well as protect whistleblowers who tip off media or law enforcement.

The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a 418-0 vote.

To view the legislative text of the bill click HERE.  

f t # e

Stay Connected

Use the form below to sign up for my newsletter and get the latest news and updates directly to your inbox.

Office Locations

  • Aurora District Office
    3300 S. Parker Road
    Cherry Creek Place IV Suite #305
    Aurora, CO 80014
    Phone: 720.748.7514
    Fax: 720.748.7680
    Hours: M-F 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Meetings By Appointment Only
  • Washington, DC Office
    2443 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: 202.225.7882
    Fax: 202.226.4623
    Hours: M-F 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM