One Thing You Can Do Right Now To Reclaim Your Intimate Images
Do you have intimate images of you that have been distributed without your consent? Or with consent that you now wish to withdraw?
There is one thing British Columbians can do right now to start regaining control of these images.
As discussed yesterday, BC introduced Bill 12, titled the “Intimate Images Protection Act” which will give a whole assortment of new legal tools to people who want to regain control of unwanted use of their intimate images.
The Bill is not law yet, so how can it already help? Because it will be retroactive. The bill states that
“On the date this Act is brought into force, this Act applies to the following that occur on or after the date this Act receives First Reading in the Legislative Assembly:
(a) a distribution of an intimate image depicting an individual, without the individual’s consent;
(b) a threat to distribute an intimate image depicting an individual.“
In plain English this means that once this Bill becomes law that any of the above that occured after this week (the date of First Reading) is an unlawful act.
So what can you do right now? Write to anyone that has distributed your unwanted intimate images, tell them you did not or no longer consent to those images being distributed. Demand that they make every reasonable effort to destroy and otherwise make the intimate image unavailable to others. Tell them that if they fail to do so you will use that failure in your claim for remedies under your soon to be acquired legal rights under BC’s Intimate Images Protection Act.