If lawmakers in New York get their way, the state will soon follow California in outlawing revenge porn. But unlike California's attempt to curtail the humiliating practice — which some critics say doesn't cover nearly enough victims — proposed legislation in NY would include photos taken by the subject. "Remember, 80 percent of these pictures are selfies," Suffolk County senator Phil Boyle recently told a local radio station. "If a young woman takes a picture of herself, sends it to the boyfriend, a couple of years later he's posting it, that would be included under our legislation and that's a very significant improvement in the law." Under Boyle's law, revenge porn perpetrators could face up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000. "This is an issue where New York’s laws must be changed to keep up with technology,” Boyle has said.

And he's not alone in that mission. Assemblyman Edward Braunstein and Joseph A. Griffo, an upstate Republican senator, have put forward similar legislation that toughens the penalties against revenge porn even further. According to their bill, violations would punishable with fines up to $30,000. “Passage of this legislation would make it clear that New Yorkers will not allow this type of harassment to continue," said Braunstein after introducing the bill. "With the proliferation of cell phones and social networking, this problem will only get worse if we do not take immediate action," he said, with Griffo likening revenge porn to "a tawdry form of exploitation."