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      Revenge Pornography: Mental Health Implications and Related Legislation.

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      The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

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          Revenge pornography, also known as nonconsensual pornography, is a subtype of cyberharassment/cyberstalking, and a serious problem facing society in the Internet age. Revenge pornography can result in lifelong mental health consequences for victims, damaged relationships, and social isolation. Recently, a growing number of states have recognized the importance of this phenomenon and have enacted legislation that criminalizes it. The technology industry has also taken steps to assist victims of revenge pornography by creating web forms to request removal of links leading to the explicit content. The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) has been instrumental in promoting public awareness of this often overlooked problem and in providing services for victims. Although important steps have been made, greater recognition of the gravity of this problem and the mental health implications of revenge pornography is needed to expand legislation criminalizing such acts. A federal criminal law, in particular, is much overdue. Mental health professionals must understand the dimensions of revenge pornography to be able to identify and address the consequences in both forensic and clinical settings.

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          Journal
          The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
          1943-3662
          1093-6793
          Sep 2016
          : 44
          : 3
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Dr. Kamal is a General Psychiatry Resident and Dr. Newman is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.
          [2 ] Dr. Kamal is a General Psychiatry Resident and Dr. Newman is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. wjnewmanmd@gmail.com.
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          44/3/359
          27644870
          f455bf71-731b-4ed1-85f5-a8f25d20e779

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