Some couples in intimate or sexual relationships agree to record via video or photo some of their sexual acts, with the clear understanding that such ‘documentation ‘would be strictly for their private record and enjoyment only. Problem is when some couples break up or engage in ugly fights, one party breaks previous agreement and in an attempt to humiliate the ex partner, releases the incriminating video or photo for others to see and even feast on.
The vicious act has come to be known as revenge pornography. But there is a law in some states that says violating the agreement about keeping sexually explicit photos or videos private, and sharing it publicly can land the guilty party to jail. A new Tennessee law is now in the books, and one of the cases discussed happened in Nashvillle.
Nashville resident Shanquita Reese says she knew her ex , Jaumarice Cooper, had a photo of her performing a sex act when they were still together. She says it was meant for the two of them only, but it was “shared with the world“ instead Reese and her former boyfriend has said pretty mean stuff against each other.
Reese said the public sharing of their private, intimate photo forced her to limit going out because of shame, though not of her own making. Sadder still for Reese is the fact that said post was liked so many times, and that her ex-boyfriend Cooper even tried to profit from the issue by selling t-shirts.
Reese is ready to fight, however. She said:”You can’t do people like that and think that months are going to pass and I am just going to forget about it because I am not.”
Reese reported the matter to the police, and she was informed by a detective about the revenge porn law that was passed just last year. Tennessee Rep. Jason Powell was a co-sponsor. Tennessee is one of 38 states now to have a revenge porn law on the books.
Reese has warned other couples not to do what was done to her. Her ex, Cooper on the other hand has been charged with unlawful exposure and the case has been sent to the grand jury.