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Study suggests ‘revenge porn’ law being interpreted too narrowly in court

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 @ 9:21 AM | By Ian Burns

A new study published in a women’s law journal says Canada’s protections against “revenge pornography,” where a person shares intimate images of a sexual partner without their consent, overemphasizes the victim’s privacy expectations and has resulted in judges conceiving of the crime as primarily a violation of privacy rather than as a crime of sexualized gender-based violence.

In October 2014, Parliament passed Bill C-13, the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, which made non-consensual distribution of intimate images a crime. The government’s actions were partially in...