B.C. wants legislation to target ‘revenge porn ‘

VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government is undertaking consultations on possible legislation to address the non-c…

VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government is undertaking consultations on possible legislation to address the non-consensual distribution of intimate images.

Cybertip.ca, one of Canada’s tiplines to report online sexual exploitation of children, reported an increase of 94 per cent in youth reporting and a 44 per cent increase in adult reporting.

The publication of intimate images — also known as revenge porn or image abuse — without consent is already an offence under Canada’s Criminal Code. This potential legislation could add more tools for those to protect themselves and seek recourse.

The legislation could bring new insight to ensure that people have an adequate way to have any posted image taken down and destroyed. It will also create a new process for those to claim compensation from any wrongdoers.

Creating this legislation may also address the threat of distributing images and help to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This would also apply to any altered images, also known as ‘deep fakes’.

“Without consent, circulating or threatening to distribute an intimate image is a form of sexual violence with traumatic and lasting impacts,” Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “The non-consensual sharing of images can be a form of intimate partner violence or be used to extort victims for additional images, sex or money. We believe a comprehensive B.C. approach can make a real difference for people to achieve results faster and get better access to justice.”

Stakeholder consultations are continuing until June, and members of the public can submit their views by emailing [email protected].

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