Justice minister calls for law on distribution of intimate images


HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s justice minister says he wants the federal government to introduce a law that would make it illegal to distribute an intimate image for a malicious or sexual purpose without consent.

Ross Landry issued a statement today that says he plans to raise the issue with federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson next week in Ottawa.

The statement does not say what would constitute an intimate image.

Landry’s demand comes as the province is reviewing the case of Rehtaeh Parsons.

The 17-year-old attempted suicide and was later taken off life-support earlier this month after an alleged sexual assault that her family says was photographed and distributed around her school.

Landry says cyberbullies should be held accountable for distributing intimate images without consent.

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