HARRISBURG (AP) – 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 Tuesday on a bill sponsored by Berks County Sen. 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 said 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.
Pa. senators advance bill to punish ‘revenge porn’