Mexican Congress Passes Law Punishing 'Digital Violence' With Up To 6 Years In Jail

By Kendal Blust
Published: Monday, May 3, 2021 - 5:05am
Updated: Monday, May 3, 2021 - 7:55am

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Women cheer the passing of law punishing "digital violence"
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Women cheer the passing of law punishing "revenge porn" in Mexico on April 29, 2021.

Mexico’s Congress voted Thursday to approve a law that criminalizes the sharing of private sexual videos, images or audio without consent.

The measure, called Ley Olimpia after a woman who has fought for the law across the country, would make what’s often called “revenge porn” an offense punishable with up to six years in prison.

It was approved by an overwhelming majority of Mexico’s lower house of Congress Thursday, after previously passing in the Senate. It’s now up to the president to sign it into law.

Lawmakers speaking on behalf of the legislation said it will strengthen protections against gender violence, including in digital spaces.

The majority of Mexican states have already adopted similar measures. However, a law passed in Sonora last year has been heavy criticized by feminist groups for using ambiguous language and failing to reflect the needs of women advocating for protection — issues the national legislation would resolve.

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