Image Based Abuse: A Shifting Social Legal Landscape

October 17, 2019

The non-consensual disclosure of intimate images, also known as image-based abuse or “revenge porn,” is not a new phenomenon. However, it’s prevalence, reach and impact have increased in recent years due to changes in technology and social media.

These changes have enabled predators and bullies to victimize others by releasing their nude photos or intimate videos without consent and to “crowdsource” this abuse. We, as a society, are starting to recognize and understand the devastating harm that can result from these acts, ranging from suicides by teenage victims to career-ending consequences when established persons are victimized. This lecture discusses the shifting social and legal landscape surrounding such image-based abuse, highlighting how far we’ve come in providing victims with recourse, and how far we have left to go.

Presented by:

Lara Guest, Associate – Torys, LLP
JD, 2014, University of Toronto
MA, (Economics), 2011, University of Toronto
BA (Honours, Economics), 2010, Queen’s University

Lara Guest represented victims of the non-consensual distribution of intimate images. In particular, she was counsel in Jane Doe 464533 v. N.D., the first case to recognize a private law remedy for this conduct. She also represented Prajwala, an Indian anti-trafficking non-profit, in support of developing legislation in India to stop the digital distribution of images and videos of sexual violence and child pornography.

Lara’s practice focuses on litigation and dispute resolution in a variety of areas, including privacy litigation, corporate/commercial litigation, class action defense, securities law, internal investigations and construction and infrastructure disputes. Lara has appeared as counsel before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Ontario Securities Commission.

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Faculty of Health and Community Studies


Event Details

Date October 17, 2019
Start Time 3:30 p.m.
End Time 5:00 p.m.
Location Kule Theatre
Room 9-323
Robbins Health Learning Centre
10910 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Event Type Lecture/speaker/presentation
Contact Person Carolynn Kane
Contact Phone 780-497-4699
Contact Email