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Group Pushes For Ohio To Outlaw Posting Of 'Revenge Porn' Between Exes

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UPDATED: Monday January 13, 2014 6:01 PM

A growing number of women are pushing back and advocating new legislation to criminalize "revenge porn." That's when an ex-boyfriend or husband publishes explicit photos online without permission.

A Cincinnati Christian school teacher resigned last month after photos of her appeared online.  The woman says her cell phone was stolen and the pictures uploaded.

Another teacher's aide, 32-year old Hollie Toups, also had to resign after semi-nude pictures of herself when up on a revenge porn website.

"I think I stopped breathing for a while," said Toups.  "I was at a store one day and somebody was like, 'Hey, you're the girl from that website.'"

Relationships that end badly can result in the ex circulating private photos through email, social media and websites.

"You feel helpless," said Jacobs.  "Hopeless."

Jacobs took action and founded End Revenge Porn to bring awareness to the issue and allow victims to share their stories.

"It's new but it's old," said Anita Rios, president of the Ohio National Organization for Women.  "It's old because it's systematic of how society views women.  When you have a culture that looks the other way with domestic violence, and this is a form of that, you see how many women are put in harms way at the end of a relationship."

Only two states, New Jersey and California, have passed laws to criminalize it - although several others have started debate on the issue.

Currently, there is no pending legislation at the Ohio statehouse.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has not taken a position on it.

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