The “Sex Tape Bill” became law Monday night, meaning that the dissemination of
sexual photos or videos of someone without his or her knowledge is considered
Anyone who posts sexual content without permission
will be considered a sex offender and can be sentenced to a maximum sentence of
five years in jail.
MK Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid), who proposed the bill,
said the law is meant to stop “the disgusting phenomenon of virtual
“This is a dangerous phenomenon that must be uprooted, and I’m
glad the Knesset thinks so too,” Kariv added.
The Yesh Atid lawmaker said
her initiative was inspired by a recent case of what has become known as
“revenge porn,” in which a video of a couple having sex went viral on the
messaging smartphone application Whatsapp, after the man sent the video
following his breakup from the woman.
“Even during the last election I
knew that, no matter what, I would pass a law on this topic. We need to
understand that disseminating these videos and photos aren’t pranks. They can
ruin young women’s lives. Some of them want to commit suicide after becoming
accidental porn stars,” she stated.
Kariv explained that while the
legislative process will always be slower than technological advancements, the
new law is groundbreaking for victims.
Knesset Committee for the
Advancement of the Status of Women chairwoman Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) also
pointed out that there have been significant changes in technology since the Law
to Prevent Sexual Harassment passed 15 years ago.
advancements bring new challenges and lawmakers’ reactions are not fast enough
to stop the problems. We must take care of this phenomenon with different tools
[such as] education for the general public and specifically for parents,” Lavie
Meanwhile, the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on
Tuesday announced that it had dramatically reduced filing fees for filing civil
lawsuits relating to sexual offenses and sexual harassment.
the fee for a lawsuit in the civil courts was 2.5 percent of the value of the
claim, while the fee for a lawsuit in the labor courts was one percent of the
claim – so that a NIS 200,000 lawsuit in the civil courts would require a court
fee of NIS 5,000.
Initially, the committee was going to reduce the
maximum filing fees for lawsuits relating to sexual offenses and sexual
harassment to NIS 1,100 for the district courts, NIS 645 for the magistrate’s
courts and NIS 141 for the labor courts, however, after fiery debates the
committee reduced the filing fees even further, to NIS 900, 500 and 141,
A committee statement said that Justice Minister Tzipi
Livni had requested the change, impliedly to remove obstacles from sexual
offense and harassment victims to obtain compensation.
reduction came at the request of United Torah Judaism MK Uri Maklev and Shas MK
Avraham Michaeli who asked the Justice Ministry representative who was present
to lower the fee further, in consideration of the high fee being a “substantial
obstacle to victims of crimes with meager means” to obtaining relief.
an unusual move, the committee hearing was halted for the representative, Liron
Bennett Sasson to consult with and obtain permission from other ministry
officials for a further fee reduction.
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