Yifat Kariv 370.
(photo credit: courtesy knesset)
Disseminating nude photos or videos without the subject’s permission could be
punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years, according to a new bill
proposed by MK Yifat Kariv.
The bill is an amendment to the Law to
Prevent Sexual Harassment and will be brought to a vote in the Ministerial
Committee for Legislation on Sunday.
“Sending these videos or photos are
not a prank. They can ruin lives of people and of young girls who could commit
suicide or become porn stars against their will,” Kariv said. “This is a
dangerous phenomenon that must be stopped.”
According to Kariv’s
proposal, filming or photographing a person without him or her knowing, or
forcing the person to be filmed and then posting, or disseminating the photos or
videos without the subject’s knowledge or agreement, will be considered sexual
harassment that carries up to five years in prison.
“The current law does
not deal with a phenomenon that is growing more and more common, of films and
photos of men or women in intimate moments. It is essential that we curb it and
deal with it,” Kariv stated.
The Yesh Atid MK expressed hope that the
ministers will vote in favor of the legislation and that more bills will be
passed dealing with issues that have come up in recent years because of the
Internet and social media.