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Congresswoman Katie Hill became a victim of revenge porn.
Earlier this month, conservative blog "RedState" published nude photos of Rep. Hill and one of the staff members of her campaign, with whom she admits to having had a consensual relationship. Since then, rightwing publications have been using the photos to create a misogynistic and homophobic campaign to humiliate, abuse, and discredit the freshman Congresswoman. In other words, as one writer puts it, "RedState and its rightwing compatriots have brought the tactics of domestic abuse into our politics."
What Hill did--having a relationship with her employee--was inappropriate. What the people who published her photos did was criminal. That's why she is pursuing legal action against those rightwing outlets that distributed her photos without her consent.
While "revenge porn," or nonconsensual distribution of intimate images, is illegal in some parts of the country, there is no federal law directly prohibiting it. In light of the horrible public abuse Rep. Hill is going through, Congress must pass a bill it has been sitting on for months called SHIELD--or Stopping Harmful Image Exploitation and Limiting Distribution Act of 2019.
While Rep. Hill's story is shaking Washington and the media, will you tell Congress to pass the SHIELD Act to help make sure no one suffers what Rep. Hill has?