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New law in effect to help fight online exploitation in Manitoba

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WINNIPEG — The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says it has received close to 350 reports in the last 10 months of sexual images being shared online without people’s consent.

Nearly half of the cases, from across Canada, involved teenagers between 15 and 17.

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Officials from the non-profit group were on hand Monday as the Manitoba government announced a new law is now in effect to fight so-called “revenge porn” and other forms of online exploitation.

The law, initially promised last spring, allows anyone in Manitoba whose intimate images are distributed without their consent to sue the perpetrators.

It also empowers the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to help take down the images and assist victims with going to the police.

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Manitoba Attorney General Gord Mackintosh says the law is a sign that the legal system must work to keep pace with technology.

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