A law helping victims who’ve had a sexually explicit image of them shared online is now in effect.
It is illegal under the Criminal Code to share an intimate photo of someone without consent.
But now, victims of so called “revenge porn” can now sue those who violated their trust for damages.
The new provincial legislation will also help the Canadian Centre for Child Protection support victims by helping them get their images back or taken down off the Internet.
The centre’s Executive Director Lianna Macdonald says since last March they have received roughly 350 reports relating to online exploitation.
Half of the cases involved a youth between 15 and 17-years-old.
“When youth intersect with us through our contact us form, 50 per cent of the time it involves them seeking and wanting the removal of a sexual picture or video from the internet.”
The Centre says often once a perpetrator is told what they’ve done is illegal, the images come down within a day or two.
Justice Minister Gord Mackintosh hopes this will help victims get their lives back.
“The job is to get the pictures down, to get them back, to get lives back. That’s the first task.”
The Intimate Image Protection Act came into effect on Friday.
Manitoba is the first province in Canada to implement this type of law.