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Revenge Porn

Know Your Rights

"Revenge porn" statutes can protect you from unwanted distribution of personal, sensitive images. These cases often involve sexual images sent or posted  by an ex-partner.  

Pennsylvania's revenge porn statute is 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §3131, unlawful dissemination of intimate image. Parties charged under this statute can face serious consequences.


Individuals seeking justice for revenge porn can also file claims using common law doctrines, such as the invasion of privacy, or publicity given to private life in Pennsylvania. This doctrine occurs when there is publicity given to private facts which would be highly offensive to a reasonable person and is not of legitimate concern to the public. Harris by Harris Easton Pub. Co. 482 A.2d 1377, 1384 (Pa. Super 1984). 

These claims may also be brought under intrusion upon seclusion. To bring a claim under this doctrine, Pennsylvania courts require the definition from the Second Restatement of Torts, where a person, "intentionally intrudes, physically or otherwise, upon the solitude or seclusion of another or his private affairs or concerns." Harris by Harris Easton Pub. Co. 482 A.2d 1377 at 1383. Parties seeking to bring a claim for revenge porn may also have an actionable claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress, known as "IIED". 

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