Nearly 350 reports made of explicit images being shared without consent
Laws from the pre-smartphone era are colliding with the reality of today's high schools in recent sexting cases across the country.
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, January 19, 2016 8:13AM EST
WINNIPEG - The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says it has received almost 350 reports in the last 10 months of sexual images being shared online without people's consent.
Nearly half the cases from across Canada involved teenagers between 15 and 17.
Centre director Lianna McDonald says there are individuals who misuse technology to exploit and to abuse vulnerable people.
McDonald spoke alongside Manitoba government officials yesterday to mark a new law against so-called revenge porn and other online abuse.
The law allows any Manitoban whose intimate images are shared without consent to sue the perpetrators.
The legislation also empowers the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which is funded federally and provincially, to help victims to get their images taken down from websites and social media platforms.