People who have had their intimate images or videos shared without consent have new supports to get them off the internet, stop their distribution, and seek monetary compensation.
With the Intimate Images Protection Act coming into force on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, the Province, in partnership with the Civil Resolution Tribunal, is launching two new services. These services will help people who have had their intimate images shared without their consent quickly access self-help tools to diagnose their legal issues, get information about their rights and connect to supports.
“Circulating or threatening to distribute intimate images is sexualized violence and it can have devastating impacts,” said Niki Sharma, Attorney General. “We are creating more legal options so that victims can get the justice they deserve on their own terms and making sure they have the tools and support to regain control of their lives.”
Existing criminal and civil legal options have been limited, complex and expensive, and people may feel uncomfortable taking legal action due to stigma. Under this new legislation, the tribunal can now order a person, a social media company or website to stop distribution and remove an intimate image from its platform. These applications can be made without notice and without naming a respondent.
To ensure that victims have dedicated services to support them, the Province is also launching the Intimate Images Protection Service. This service provides:
The Intimate Images Protection Service will work collaboratively with the tribunal to ensure trauma-informed information and support is available to victims throughout the process.
To learn more about how to protect images, visit: https://takebackyourimages.gov.bc.ca/
To access resources and research on the online sexual exploitation of children, visit: https://www.protectchildren.ca/en/https://cybertip.ca/en/