Give individuals who have had their intimate images shared without consent a fast-track option to getting them taken down, says the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).

LEAF’s submission comes as the Province of Nova Scotia reviews its Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act. The Act provides supports for people targeted by technology-facilitated violence (TFV), digital abuse, and the non-consensual distribution of intimate images (NCDII).

This submission relied and built on previous recommendations made in LEAF’s Deplatforming Misogyny report, the Uniform Non-Consensual Disclosure of Intimate Images Act, and Alexa Dodge’s Deleting Digital Harm: A Review of Nova Scotia’s CyberScan Unit report.

LEAF’s recommendations focused on:

  1. Providing more expedient and direct supports to those experiencing technology-facilitated violence and the non-consensual disclosure of intimate images (NCDII);
  2. Expanding the scope of the definition of intimate images and reconsidering the parameters of “public interest”; and
  3. Broadening the scope of research and educational materials to ensure that they are survivor-centric and to cover the systemic and social context that results in digital abuse and NCDII.

You can download LEAF’s submission, written by Suzie Dunn and Rosel Kim, here.

For media inquiries, contact:

Rosel Kim
Staff Lawyer, LEAF
[email protected]

Suzie Dunn
Assistant Professor, Dalhousie School of Law
Member, LEAF’s Technology-Facilitated Violence Advisory Committee
[email protected]