POLITICS

Cyberbullying report expedited after Rehtaeh Parsons death

07/19/2013 03:55 EDT | Updated 09/18/2013 05:12 EDT
Distributing "intimate" images and videos online without prior consent should be illegal, says a new report that was expedited following the suicide of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons in April.

The report, received on Friday by newly minted Justice Minister Peter MacKay, makes nine recommendations, ranging from enhancing current criminal law responses to bullying, to modernizing investigative powers in the Criminal Code, and ensuring that all levels of government continue to build on initiatives to address the issue of cyberbullying.

"I will consider the report and its recommendations, which will help guide the way forward to ensuring our children are safe from online exploitation," MacKay said in a written statement.

The review of laws surrounding cyberbullying was first commissioned in October 2012. Ottawa, the provinces and territories agreed to expedite the report in the wake of Parsons' death.

Parsons was 17 when she took her life. She had told her family she'd been raped, then bullied for months.

MacKay will now study the report.

More to come.