Contact Information 

Meadville District Office
900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
Hours 8 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (M-F)

Fairview Office (Mondays Only)
Fairview Township Building
7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
Hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Monday)
1-800-770-2377

Cranesville Office (Thursdays Only)
Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
Phone: 1-800-770-2377
Hours 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Thursday)

Capitol Office
Hon. Brad Roae
151 East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: 717-782-2902

E-mail:
  broae@pahousegop.com

Bill Would Punish Posters of Revenge Pictures on Social Media
3/13/2014
QUESTION: Is the state House taking any steps to prevent people from publishing intimate photographs of people with whom they are no longer in a romantic relationship?

ANSWER: Prior to the invention of the internet and social media, when a romantic relationship ended badly, it wasn’t as easy for one person in the relationship to smear the other. Now, one person can go on a social media site and spread negative information and photos about the other.

With the rise of digital photography through the use of social media, protecting one’s privacy continues to be an important issue, especially when unscrupulous individuals use social media to post intimate images of others.

This week, the House unanimously passed House Bill 2107, which would make it a third-degree misdemeanor to share an intimate image of another person unless consent has been given.

The bill also would allow victims to bring both criminal and civil charges against someone who engages in this activity. Conviction for this charge includes a criminal sentence of up to six months in prison and up to a $1,000 fine. Civil penalties could be much higher, including the cost of actual damages, attorney fees and additional relief the court deems necessary and proper for loss of reputation, money and property.

The law goes even further to protect Pennsylvania’s residents by allowing for state-level prosecution of an alleged perpetrator, if the victim is a Pennsylvania resident, regardless of the perpetrator’s state of residence.

House Bill 2107 now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

This bill is intended to prevent people from posting intimate pictures of others in an attempt to exact revenge. It also is intended to protect the privacy of innocent victims who may be harmed through the release of such pictures.
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