Texas woman fights to get "Revenge Porn" bill on the floor

Some are calling it X-Rated revenge.

That's nude photographs intended to be private, but sent to websites and shared with the world.

Now, one Texas woman is fighting to hold those who do this, accountable.

Hollie Toups describes the feeling that came over her when she first saw nude photos of herself online.

"If you could write down every negative emotion that exists, it was like I couldn't hear, I couldn't speak, I couldn't feel, and my hands were just hovering over the computer in shock, said Toups.

Toups went from a teacher's aide living in Nederland Texas, to an unintentional porn star.

"It was a really dark world that I entered into."

She says the photos were from ten years ago, and intended to be private, and some were possibly hacked from her phone. The pictures even showed her location on a map.

"I didn't feel safe in my own home."

The website, Texxan.com has since been taken down after Toups sued them.

She along with over a dozen other women affected are taking the issue to the legislature. House Bill 496 and Senate Bill 1135 are being filed at the same time, and have been gaining plenty of traction.

"Posting a nude or sexually explicit photo of a person on the internet without their permission, and that's the key here, without their permission is frankly not already a crime. When I found this out, I felt compelled I needed to do something," said U.S. Senator Sylvia Garcia, Democrat.

"The law has to catch up with technology and I think this is one of these examples that's been laid out perfectly today and tragically for people like Hollie," said Justin Wood, Assistant Defense Attorney of Harris County.

Right now, the women say the punishment will be on a misdemeanor level, but they say either way it'll be a good start that could lead to a felony penalty.

"The criminal shouldn't win by trying to beat us down for whatever reason because they don't like themselves"

Wednesday afternoon the group says they've gotten a lot of support from the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. It will now go to the Calendar Committee, in efforts to get the bill on the floor.


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