We’re just the lawyers. If someone has shared an intimate image of you without your consent, there are more than just legal issues at play. We’ve put together a few resources that might be of help. Titles are linked to source documents.
Report of the CCSO Cybercrime Working Group to the Federal/ Provincial/ Territorial Ministers Responsible for Justice and Public Safety. Dating from June 2013.
From the Executive Summary: The Report is divided into two parts: the first part of the report addresses the issue of cyberbullying and includes information relating to the scope of the problem, the impact of cyberbullying on victims, existing legislative and policy responses and options for Criminal
Code reform to address the issue. The second part of the Report addresses the issue of the non-consensual distribution of intimate images and contains information about the scope of the problem, existing Criminal Code responses and options for a new Criminal Code offence.
(Login required for full text) Academic article by Moira Aikenhead, a PhD candidate at the Peter Allard School of Law at University of British Columbia
Abstract: Bill C-13 introduced new Criminal Code provisions prohibiting the publication of intimate images without the consent of the person depicted. Women and girls are overwhelmingly the victims of this behaviour, which is premised upon their objectification. This article analyzes this crime as a form of gender-based violence and considers, based on the legislation and the limited case law, whether, and to what extent, judges may ignore the gendered context of the crime or blame women for their own victimization. The over-emphasis on victims’ privacy expectations in the legislative provisions has resulted in judges conceiving of this crime in early cases primarily as a violation of privacy rather than as a crime of sexualized gender-based violence. Judges in future cases must not lose sight of the gendered nature of this crime and its harms and should adopt a dignity-based approach to privacy to ensure women do not easily lose the ability to control the dissemination of their intimate images.