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"Revenge Porn" Bill Close to Passing in Georgia

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In a world of smartphones, technology, and social media, anyone can easily upload pictures to the web that can be seen by billions. Georgia is now working to pass a bill making it illegal to post private pictures without permission to the internet.

The bill, known as the "revenge porn" bill, would make it a criminal offense to post private pictures identifying information about the person including names, workplaces, social media accounts and emails. First time offenders would get a misdemeanor, and it if happens more than once the person could be charged with a felony and a fine up to $100,000.

"It has absolutely ruined my life," said Roxie Gibson.

Almost a year later and Roxie Gibson is still dealing with the aftermath of pictures posted on the web.

"I went through a terrible break-up with my ex and after he was removed from the home pictures of me began to appear on a site called Backpage, it's a site for escorts, as well as his personal Facebook page," said Gibson.

Gibson said these were pictures her and her ex-fiance privately took together.

"He used those to his advantage to exploit me and have me harassed consistently," said Gibson.

Her home address, phone number and other information were posted with the pictures online.

"When I go places, I'm recognized as an escort, as someone that would do things in exchange for money," said Gibson.

She said she has contacted the sheriff's office, but no legal action could be taken.

She's had to change her hair color, and even go as far as re-doing one of her tattoos to conceal her identity.

The emotional damage reaches to her family, friends, and most importantly her four children.

"It's devastating because they do get picked on, they do get confronted," said Gibson.

Gibson said she is still dealing with the pain of these posts online.

"I assume I will be dealing with this for life as long as I'm in the area," said Gibson.

 House Bill 838 is giving her hope that something will be done if this happens to her again or to anyone else.

"If that law is passed that person may not get their dignity and respect back, but they will certainly get justice," said Gibson.

The bill has passed the House and the Senate, and now it is in the Governor's hands to sign it into law.

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