Committee Chair

Policastro, Christina

Committee Member

McGuffee, Karen; Crittenden, Courtney


Dept. of Criminal Justice and Legal Assistant Studies


College of Arts and Sciences


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


“Revenge porn” is commonly used to describe the distributed digital and print publication of an individual in a nude state without the individual’s consent. Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act is a Federal Act protecting web distributors from legal repercussions if revenge porn materials are uploaded on their websites. However, currently there are no federal provisions for victims of revenge porn. Currently, state statutes are the main method of legal action that victims may use to combat their perpetrators. 94% of Americans state that they believe their sexually charged photographs are safe with their significant other. However, 60% of partners admit to distributing the sexually exploitive photographs of their partner. The current study is a content analysis designed to explore current state legislation to depict how revenge porn is classified, consent is defined, and victims are protected via the various forms of penalties and sentences ascribed to the perpetrators.


My deepest gratitude goes out to Dr. Policastro, Dr. Crittenden and Dr. McGuffee who have aided me tremendously in my research and guided me a successful direction with my topic. More specifically, I am immensely grateful for my thesis committee’s support and shared excitement for exploring victims’ rights and the legislation, or lack thereof, that aids victims with the ability to combat their perpetrators. Additionally, I am extremely grateful for criminal justice faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, like Dr. Policastro, Dr. Crittenden, Dr. McGuffee, Dr. Garland, Dr. Bumphus and Dr. Iles, for encouraging and mentoring me the past two years of my tenure at this university.


M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.




Sexual abuse victims -- Public opinion; Revenge; Internet pornography; Cyberbullying


Revenge porn; Revenge pornography

Document Type

Masters theses


xii, 41 leaves




Under copyright.