Legislation review concerning non-consensual disclosure of intimate images

The Attorney General is considering introducing legislation aimed at addressing and preventing the non-consensual disclosure of intimate images (NCDII).  Specifically, the Attorney General is considering introducing legislation similar to a draft statute recently adopted by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC). The Province was part of the working group that prepared this model legislation.

NCDII refers to the sharing or online distribution of nude, near-nude, or sexual photographs/videos without the consent of those in the images. It is a form of sexual violence and abuse, disproportionately affecting women, girls, and individuals who identify as LGBTQ2S+.  Media reports and agencies who serve survivors indicate that the rise in youth and adults’ online activity during COVID-19 has increased the risk of NCDII in the near and long term.

On behalf of the Attorney General, B.C.’s Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity led a series of consultation sessions with targeted stakeholders in Spring 2021 and provided a report to the Attorney General in July 2021 with recommendations on next steps.