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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: February 17, 2023 10:09 AM
From: Representative Kate A. Klunk
To: All House members
Subject: Updating PA Law to Correctly Recognize Child Pornography as Child Sex Abuse Material
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to update language of Title 18 of the PA Consolidated Statutes to remove the term “child pornography” and replace it with “child sexual abuse material.” I recently served on the Task Force on Child Pornography, where we examined the offense of child pornography and made recommendations for improvements related to investigations and prosecution of this crime as well statutory changes to better protect our children. The Task Force recommended this statutory language change, as the term “child sexual abuse” is more depictive of the severity of these crimes committed against children in our communities. The term “child pornography” grossly waters down the true heinous nature of these crimes, and it is vital that Pennsylvania statute is reflective of the seriousness of these offenses.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation. 

Introduced as HB1782