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PA senators advance bill to punish 'revenge porn'

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 14, 2014 3:17 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania state senators are advancing a bill to outlaw so-called ``revenge porn,'' the practice of posting online sexually explicit photos or videos of ex-romantic partners as a way of humiliating them.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on a bill sponsored by Berks County Senator Judy Schwank. The bill would make the depiction of a minor a first-degree misdemeanor, while depiction of someone 18 or older would be a second-degree misdemeanor.

A first-degree misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, while a second-degree misdemeanor carries up to two years in prison.  Schwank says lives and reputations can be ruined by a bitter former lover.

Only California and New Jersey have laws that punish perpetrators of ``revenge porn,'' while several other states are considering bills.

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