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Mother of Amanda Todd welcomes anti-cyber-bullying bill

OTTAWA (NEWS1130) – The mother of a Port Coquitlam teen who killed herself following months of online torment is welcoming anti-cyber-bullying legislation presented in Ottawa.

Carol Todd wishes the federal government had done this while her daughter, Amanda, was alive.

The government is looking to make the sharing of intimate images of a person without their consent a crime.

Todd says she likes the get tough approach being taken by the feds.”Making the sharing and distribution a criminal act and that it can be chargeable for up to five years. The other one was that a judge could do a court order allowing police to seize electronic devices so that they can investigate.”

The Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act would also allow judges to order those convicted to pay for all the costs associated with removing images and video from the Internet. Todd says this would help her tremendously. “There’s still sites that are posting the picture of Amanda, it’s such a long, arduous process. But, having it as law now so that parents and caregivers can get support is a good one.”

Todd says it’s been bittersweet watching this bill get tabled. “I sat in there and I listened and I thought I could be really strong because I had been talking to various people about how I wished we had a law. But sitting in there and listening to it was very emotional for me. I’m proud that I am in Canada. For the government to listen to all the voices and stories and put this in place is a huge step for people in our country.”

Amanda Todd killed herself in 2012 after intimate photos of her were circulated online.

The bill defines “intimate images” as photographs or videos in which a person is naked, exposing themselves, or participating in explicit sexual activity.

The legislation still needs to be passed.