Justice and Public Safety
Executive Council
April 16, 2018

Newfoundland and Labrador Offering More Protection for Victims of Revenge Pornography and Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images

The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General, announced plans to introduce new legislation to help victims of revenge pornography and the non-consensual distribution of intimate images.

The new legislation will establish new civil consequences, in addition to offenses already listed in the Criminal Code involving the non-consensual distribution of intimate images. This will offer an alternate means of protection to those who have had private and sensitive intimate images shared without their consent, by pursuing the matter themselves in court.

The new law will allow victims to sue in civil court to hold a person accountable for distributing intimate images without their consent. The act will create a mechanism to allow for action to stop the image from being shared and address the removal of the image from the internet. A lawsuit may result in an order for the payment of damages and other orders the court considers appropriate including an injunction to stop further victimization.

“When an intimate image of a person is shared without their consent, the consequences can be devastating. For the victim, it is humiliating, embarrassing and, in some cases, life altering. With this legislation, we will do more to protect people’s privacy and to prevent this type of victimization.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General

“As technology changes and evolves, we must ensure that we are protecting those most vulnerable from abuse that until relatively recently, did not exist. This change will provide a legal mechanism to address such offences and empower those impacted to take action against perpetrators.”
Honourable Siobhan Coady
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

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2018 04 16                              10:10 a.m.