Legislation to combat elder abuse by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) was approved by the Senate and sent to the governor for his signature.
“Over the past few years, there have been many well-document instances of elder abuse through the posting of demeaning pictures of senior citizens on the internet,” Klunk said. “My House Bill 1431
seeks to end this horrific practice by making it a crime for care providers to take, post or share demeaning and humiliating images and videos of any care-dependent person, such as a senior citizen in a care facility.”
Klunk’s bill would grade this type of abuse a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine up to $2,500.
Signs of abuse are isolation, weight loss, bruises or broken bones, increased confusion, unusual withdrawals from bank accounts, and signing over a home to another person.
If you are the victim of elder abuse, or if you suspect someone you know is a victim, call 911 or the state’s 24-hour abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505.
Representative Kate A. Klunk
169th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Greg Gross