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Although meant to protect vulnerable groups, “identity based” statutes are often flawed. These laws represent knee-jerk legislative responses to public outrage without consideration of potential loopholes and legal challenges. Revenge porn laws are no exception.  Is it reasonable to think that revenge porn could be considered free speech someday soon? Sadly, the answer is yes. The following case provides an excellent example of this problem. (Ironically the defendant in this case is female)

Is revenge porn protected by the Constitution? Some states might say yes.

May 19 at 11:07 AM Bethany Austin learned her fiance had been unfaithful in late May 2016. Matthew Rychlik, with whom Austin had been sharing a home for seven years, was having an affair with a neighbor. The relationship wasn’t salvageable, according to court documents; they even argued over how to call off the wedding.