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‘Revenge Porn’ Bill Clears First Hurdle In Pennsylvania Legislature

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

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A bill that would outlaw so-called “revenge porn” has cleared its first hurdle in the Pennsylvania legislature.

The legislation makes it a crime to expose explicit images of an “intimate partner” to a third party for the intent of harassment. State Senator Judy Schwank, a Berks County Democrat and sponsor of the legislation, talks about some of the markers of intent.

“They post an individual’s name, address. There may be defamatory language associated with it so that you really understand that they are trying to hurt someone,” she said. “And they can be very harmful. People can lose their job. It certainly harms relationships.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill after amending it to make sure provisions applying to minors are consistent with “sexting” legislation approved in 2012. Saying the provisions of the measure requiring intent to be proved are adequate, the ACLU is neutral on the bill.

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