Pennsylvania Passes Revenge Porn Bill

Bob Johnson

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania lawmakers have sent Governor Corbett a bill that would make revenge porn a crime in the state.

The bill, that originated both in the House and Senate would punish those who publlsih unapproved, explicit images of a partner.

According to CBS News, Berks County Democrat Judy Schwank pushed the bill in the Senate.

“We’ve been able to put these two bills together to retain the strongest features of both. When it becomes law, persons who publicly post sexual images of their partners in order to annoy them or harm them will commit a crime that will have significant consequences,” Schwank said.

If made a crime, perpetrators could face up to two years in prison when an adult is the victim and up to five years if the victim is a minor.

Violators would also be hit with financial damages via civil litigation.

Late last month Colorado passed a law that outlawed revenge porn that carries a misdemeanor offense, punishable with a minimum $10,000 fine.

Colorado was the 11th state to make revenge porn a crime, along with Hawaii, Arizona, California, New Jersey, New York, Georgia, Idaho, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Hawaii, Idaho and Arizona make it a felony for a first violation; the crime is a felony in Georgia and Utah on the second offense.

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