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Halifax Sex Assault Victim Couldn't Give Consent. A Judge Gave It For Her

(160) Comments | Posted March 3, 2017 | 3:13 PM

Nova Scotia Provincial Judge Gregory Lenehan could likely have been the judge had my daughter Rehtaeh Parsons' case gone to court as a sexual assault trial while she was alive. Watching what unfolded in a Halifax courtroom this week is how that trial would have ended.

The case in...

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To Teens In The Darkness: Tomorrow Needs You, We All Need You

(19) Comments | Posted September 7, 2016 | 8:06 PM


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I could write this a million times and not get it right. Writing about young people and suicide is replaying the worst moment in my life and reliving it over and over.

I wake...


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Toronto Pride Was Exactly The Right Moment For Black Lives Matter

(127) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 4:22 PM

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Black Lives Matter Toronto hold a sit-in at Yonge Street and College Street that stalled Toronto's annual Pride Parade. (Photo: Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

I'm a base brat. I spent my youth travelling from military base to military base every...

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My Years Without Rehtaeh Taught Me That Kids Need To Know Consent

(117) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 8:57 PM

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Three years ago, my daughter Rehtaeh Parsons gave up the brave fight she had fought with many demons and she ended her life.

As tempted as I am to go home and curl up in the comforting darkness, there are too many reasons not...

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I Care About Eight Alleged Victims, Not Jian's "Due Process"

(119) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Due process is a concept I wish I could believe in. By definition due process is "the legal requirement that the state must respect all of the legal rights that are owed to a person." For Jian Ghomeshi's story I think it's safe to say due process has to do...

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Teens Are Talking About Suicide. Why Aren't Adults?

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 8:42 AM

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In death, Robin Williams will never know the tributes many, many people paid him. He was an incredibly popular man, loved by millions and adored by fans the world over. His humour touched our lives for decades.

He will also never know the...

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Changes to Bill C-13 Could Have Saved Rehtaeh's Life

(17) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 5:29 PM

This morning I spoke before The House of Commons' Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and shared my thoughts on Bill C-13. Other presenters included Carol Todd, Allan Hubley, Alycha Reda, and Kimberly Chiles.

I know there are concerns with C-13 and believe me, if there was something...

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It's Been One Year to the Day Since I Last Saw Rehtaeh Alive

(16) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 12:00 PM





Today marks one year since I last saw my daughter Rehtaeh alive. The last time we spoke, the...

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Men Should Stand Up to Rapists, Not Befriend Them

(23) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Shame is a powerful weapon.

Shame is what sexual predators rely on. Next to alcohol it's their preferred WMD. What were you thinking, after all, being alone, dressing like that, drinking too much, trusting too much? You should have known better. You should have known what would happen. It's...

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Rehtaeh Lives On Through Organ Donation

(4) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 1:02 PM

The first organ recipient letter came a few months ago. It was from a man in his 30s who, thanks to Rehtaeh's gift, will be able to watch his two year old daughter grow up. Rehtaeh's mother has actually been in touch with him and they are hoping to meet...

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The Cyberbullying Bill Could Have Helped My Daughter

(22) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 9:50 AM

It was hard for us to believe. The sharing of a humiliating image of our daughter Rehtaeh, taken without her knowledge, was not a police matter. We were told it was a community issue, not a legal one.

A "community issue" is lingo for there's nothing you can do...

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Bullying: When the School Is the Bystander

(47) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:49 PM

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

- Desmond Tutu

2013-09-28-rita.jpgRita-Clare LeBlanc had reached the darkest moment of her young life. The months of bullying at her high school had taken a toll and she...

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The Facebook Ad That Victimized My Daughter, Rehtaeh

(22) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 2:08 PM

Perhaps it's not the worst ad ever but certainly it's the worst ad I will ever see. It's bad enough my daughter Rehtaeh died following months of torment and that her sexual assault was immortalized with a photograph, but to see an ad on Facebook using her image...

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Dr. Phil's Drunk-Sex Question Isn't Offensive -- The Answer Is

(137) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 5:15 PM

A tweet by Dr. Phil has resulted in a lot of grief for the TV host. It is simple and asks: "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil."

Salon called the tweet "vile."

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Read Rehtaeh's Story Then Tell Me My Daughter Wasn't Raped

(284) Comments | Posted August 10, 2013 | 5:07 PM

Most of what you are about to read was written months ago. Some of it by me, and some of it by a person who I will not name for legal reasons. This information came forward following the death of my daughter and it is the main reason her case...

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Four Months After Rehtaeh's Death, I'm Only Treading Water

(65) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 4:27 PM

Today marks four months since my daughter Rehtaeh ended her life. I think where I am is best summed up in a dream I had last week.

At the end of this dream, just before I awoke, I yelled out in my sleep. I don't remember ever doing that before....

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Rape Jokes on Facebook Aren't Funny, Zuckerberg

(124) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 3:19 PM

I spent most of the last day staring at my laptop screen wondering how I was going to write about this. I think this is revision number five. It's hard to believe I have to write this at all to be honest and no matter how I tried the words...

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Why Christie Blatchford Is Wrong About My Daughter Rehtaeh

(544) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 2:23 PM

This morning I woke up and read an article in the National Post about Rehtaeh's case. I'm not upset or mad. A little disappointed maybe. The writer, Christie Blatchford, makes a few statements I would like to address.

"What they had was a complainant whose evidence was all...
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Rehtaeh Parsons Was My Daughter

(882) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 8:13 PM

My daughter was three years old when we went to watch Babe: Pig in the City. There's a part in the movie when Babe knocks over a goldfish bowl and the fish falls onto the floor and starts flopping around. When this happened Rae suddenly stood up on her chair...

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