Coffman on Passage of ‘PRIVATE ACT’
Bill Criminalizes Non-Consensual Pornography
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.
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