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Nov 21, 2013

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OTTAWA – Sexual cyberbullying will become a crime punishable by up to five years in prison if a new Conservative government bill becomes law.

“It’s crime where a simple click of a button can have irreversible, irreparable repercussions for youth,” Justice Minister Peter MacKay said Wednesday.

MacKay’s bill would make the non-consensual distribution of “intimate” images or video illegal.

The bill would also expand the power of police to seize a suspect’s computer or other electronic devices and track their online activity.

“This is an investigation that requires judicial oversight,” MacKay said. “That is to say that warrants will be required for the purposes of investigating these type of crimes.”

MacKay said the motivation behind the bill is the tragic suicides that followed this kind of cyberbullying, including Rehtaeh Parsons – a 17-year-old girl from Cole Harbour, N.S., who hanged herself in April.

Her parents claim four boys raped their daughter when she was 15 and then bullied her by circulating images of the alleged attack online.

NDP MP Robert Chisholm reacted positively to the Tory bill.
“It’s a good day for the families of the victims – Rehtaeh Parsons, my former constituent and her family, Amanda Todd, and others across this country who unfortunately have been bullied to the point where they took their lives,” said Chisholm.

While he says he’s pleased the bill will also apply to adults who bully each other with “revenge porn,” he’s still looking forward to seeing the justice committee pick through the bill for any potential shortcomings.

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