New House bill could make unauthorized nude photo posting a criminal offenseUPDATED 7:35 PM HST Feb 26, 2014Video Transcript
Without even knowing about it! Bedroom pics meant for private viewing are popping up on websites, sometimes under the guise of revenge porn. KITV4's Brenton Awa is back with the story of some unsuspecting victims! Yunji -- I spoke with about two dozen Hawaii women who were on one of those websites... Most of them were shocked -- afraid to have their identities revealed... Some feared their parents would find out -- others had to quit their jobs because of this... But every one of them agreed -- something has to be done to stop people from posting to these sites. What goes on the web -- stays on the web... And when its your naked photos... They can pop up in places you never imagined. NATS "keyboard typing." Websites like these have some women feeling trapped -- not knowing who's looking ... On this site -- hundreds of local women's photos have been listed -- some nude -- some pretty close... Like this one of Lauren Lala. 159 "LITERALLY ANYTHING YOU POST OR GIVE TO PEOPLE OVER THE WEB OR TEXT IS GOING TO END UP SOMEWHERE." At this site -- anonymous posters go as far as putting up personal information of women so they can see if other people have naked pics of them. Fortunately for Lauren -- she's never bared it all on camera -- even after being offered 2- thousand dollars from someone she believes was a user of the site. Instead -- she did her homework -- and checked up on what people were writing down. 735 "YEAH SHE TOTALLY SAID SHES GOING TO DO IT FOR MORE MONEY AND THEN THERE WAS OTHER PEOPLE SAYING YEAH JUST KEEP GOING ALONG WITH IT, JUST KEEP TELLING HER I'LL GIVE YOU MORE MONEY AND MORE MONEY UNTIL YOU GET THE NUDE." But Lauren knows others who've been fully exposed... Some girls as young as 14. 553 "THEY'RE NOT THAT KIND OF PERSON AND THEY HAVE THAT KIND OF PICTURE ON A WEBSITE YOU KNOW THAT'S PROBABLY THE THING THAT THEY DON'T WANT, THEY'RE LIKE, I'M NOT LIKE THAT BUT SOMEHOW IT ENDED UP ON THERE." A new bill would make this so called "revenge porn" or unauthorized posting of naked photos a criminal offense in Hawaii... With penalties of up to 6- months in prison and a 1- thousand dollar fine. Representative John Mizuno's pushing to pass this into law. 233 - MIZUNO "THE SCARY PART ABOUT IT IS MANY TIMES THEY'LL POST THE PERSON'S FACEBOOK SITE, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS, WORKPLACE, WHERE THEY LIVE, THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE." 147 "THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE HATERS OR MAD EX'S OR FAKE FRIENDS THAT ARE ALWAYS GOING TO WANT TO SEE YOU FALL AND BREAK DOWN SO THEY'RE GOING TO BE POSTING." National reports chronicle victims of "revenge porn" going as far as committing suicide -- something Representative Mizuno doesn't want to happen here. Part of the reason Hawaii is one of the leading states when it comes to pushing for this law. 414 - MIZUNO "JUST BECAUSE IT HAPPENS IN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR BEDROOOM, DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOUR PARTNER HAS CONSENTED TO PUT THIS ON THE INTERNET." Victims who didn't consent to internet exposure say they'll definitely consent to shining a spotlight on the darker side of the web. 359 "THAT WOULD BE REALLY NICE BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF GIRLS FROM HAWAII ON THAT SITE. OF COURSE I FEEL BAD FOR THE GIRLS, AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE POSTING PICTURES ON THAT WEBSITE SHOULD BE PUNISHED." We've reached out to one of the sites -- anonib.com to ask about the people who post on that site... They have not gotten back to us. However -- the site's down at the moment... There's an apology message up on the homepage to the women who's photo's were put up against their will. It goes on to warn those that abuse others online.