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July 12, 2017

We Need to Take Revenge Porn Seriously

Global

This week on Global TV’s The Morning Show, Jess discusses the growing threat of revenge porn with Jeff McArthur. This is a growing problem that must be addressed. Check out Jess’ notes and video below.

What is revenge porn?

It’s a form of sexual harassment. It’s a sex crime – it’s about power, control and violating consent.

How do you protect yourself?

The only way to really protect yourself is to not take or send nude pics or sex videos. Of course, in some cases (e.g. Mischa Barton), some partners will film you unknowingly.

What should happen if the relationship dissolves?

You should get rid of the photos/videos or at minimum resolve not to share them.

What can we do?

We can refuse to look at the images/videos. Do I want to see some of these celebrities naked? Sure. But I’m not going to violate their privacy?

What about the fact that Blac Chyna has posted nude pics on her own social media accounts?

We need to stop shaming the victims. If I had sex with you once, does that mean you have the right to have sex with me again or share me with your friends? That’s absurd.

What does the law say?

In Canada, we have the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act which:

  1. Prohibits the non-consensual distribution of intimate images;
  2. Empowers a court to order the removal of intimate images from the Internet;
  3. Permits the court to order forfeiture of the computer, cell phone or other device used in the offense;
  4. Provides for reimbursement to victims for costs incurred in removing the intimate image from the Internet; and
  5. Empowers the court to make an order to prevent someone from distributing intimate images.