More than 60 women’s groups have signed on to a letter supporting legislation to make it a crime to post photos of sexual abuse online.
The women’s group, Women in Politics, called for the law to make “sexual harassment and exploitation a criminal offence” and called for an end to the “bogus ‘no-contact’ orders” issued by the courts.
“We are in support of this legislation, which will bring an end once and for all to the harassment and abuse that so many women experience on a daily basis,” the letter reads.
“This will allow survivors of sexual assault to have confidence in reporting the abuse to the police, and to get support and justice in the courts.”
The letter also calls for more support for women by women who are abused by their partners.
“Our society is not yet ready for this new level of protection, but it is a good start,” it says.
The law has been tabled in the Massachusetts state house.
The Massachusetts Women’s Forum is also a sponsor of the letter, and said the group supported the legislation because it is aimed at protecting victims of abuse and harassment.
“Massachusetts is a state that has done very well in addressing sexual harassment and violence, and we are looking forward to working with legislators in the upcoming session to make sure these issues are addressed,” the group said.