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‘Revenge Porn’ Bill Readied In Pennsylvania Senate

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  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - The ACLU says legislation that would criminalize so-called “revenge porn” in Pennsylvania needs to balance the needs of victims with protection of free expression.

The ACLU says it’s neutral on legislation in the works in the state Senate that would make it a crime to post an explicit image of someone without consent. Legislative Director Andy Hoover says the ALCU of Pennsylvania has concerns about people who might disseminate such images without malice.

“Inadvertently thinking that it’s okay to share them and then, in retrospect, perhaps the person in the pictures thinks that wasn’t okay. It was never the intent of the disseminator to harm the person, and those kind of situations need to be protected.”

Hoover says images are a form of expression, and he says based on a draft version he’s seen, he believes there are adequate protections in the bill. The Senate is in recess after this week so any final action by the Senate won’t come until next year.

 

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