For years now, a few spiteful men have been getting even with former girlfriends and ex-wives by posting shared moments of consensual sexual intimacy online without the women's permission.
One brave young women undertook a civil suit against her ex-partner for doing this and the judge recently handed down her decision.
In a brief four-page ruling, Quebec Superior Court Judge Sylviane Borenstein held that the man breached her fundamental rights by intentionally and illicitly invading her privacy, and that his conduct cannot be tolerated or trivialized by the courts.
“The actions were ignoble and the Court expresses its indignation over these actions. One can understand that the woman, who is only 20 years old, feels betrayed and humiliated.”
The Court issued a publication order that forbids media from identifying the parties in order not to aggravate the harm she has suffered. Judge Borenstein barred the man from communicating, distributing, publishing, reproducing, or transmitting pictures, e-mails or videos of the filmed events as well as prohibited him from reaching her in any way. Further, the Court prohibited him from having in his possession photographs and videos of the plaintiff.
The decision also forbids him to contact the woman in any way or to approach within a kilometre of her workplace or home.