Canada now has a law to help deal with the non-consensual distribution of an intimate image. It is illegal for a person to distribute an “intimate image” of another person without that person’s consent.

So, if someone has a sexual/intimate image of you that was created in private circumstances, and that person knowingly posts it online or shares it with someone else knowing that you would not consent to that (or being reckless about whether you would consent to it), the person could be charged. Given the serious nature of criminal charges, it is likely that for something to be done, it will need to be clear that the person in the image is you – for example, your face or some other identifying feature is showing or there is accompanying text with the image that says it is you. To learn more on where you can turn to get support or more information visit: http://www.cybertip.ca/sexting