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“Revenge Porn” Bill Headed To Governor Corbett

July 5, 2014
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Legislation outlawing the so-called practice of “revenge porn” in Pennsylvania appears to be on its way to the desk of Governor Tom Corbett.

The bill, introduced and approved in the state Senate, has passed the House unanimously, but House lawmakers added amendments which will face concurrence by Senators.

The measure would make it a crime to publish unapproved, sexually explicit images of a former partner.  Supporters have told Radio PA News “revenge porn” is a relatively new form of harassment, and they say it is clearly intended to intimidate the victim who is usually female.

The offense would be defined as a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of as high as $5,000.  If the victim is a minor, the crime becomes a first-degree misdemeanor and the penalties may be increased.

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