Rehtaeh Parsons Rape

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Men Should Stand Up to Rapists, Not Befriend Them

Rapists rely on other men to excuse and justify their crimes against women. Other men who'll laugh at their jokes, invite them to parties, play sports with them, introduce them to other women. Men who'll give them jobs, feed them, and help them blame their victims even if it's by indifference. Men, good men, need to stand up and do to rapists and their supporters what we do to child molesters. Imagine the difference it would make if a man who jokes about rape and always doubts victims entered a room to silence, whispers, stares, and looks of disgust from other men. There is no difference between a man who rapes and a man who befriends and defends him.
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The Facebook Ad That Victimized My Daughter, Rehtaeh

Yesterday it came to my attention that an image of Rehtaeh appeared on a dating web site ad that was displayed on Facebook. There she was, smiling, and being used yet again. To their credit Facebook removed the ad with un-Facebook-like speed and banned the company that posted it. Sadly this is the reality of life online. Once an image is out there it's out there forever. There's nothing anyone can do but hope those who come across it will use it respectfully. Sadly that wasn't the case here.
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What's Next?

HALIFAX - A former chief prosecutor in Ontario who is reviewing the Rehtaeh Parsons case says understanding the role technology played before the teenager attempted suicide will be critical in improvi...
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Police Role Under Review

The Nova Scotia government plans to look into the way Halifax Regional Police handled the case of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Cole Harbour girl who took her own life after she was bullied online. Later this...
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Yet Another Teen Rape Case in Nova Scotia Needs Your Attention

After going to a party a 15-year-old girl from Nova Scotia was "dragged outside" by several boys and performed oral sex on one of them, while another filmed it all happening. Since April, the federal and provincial government have been taking steps to make amendments to the law so these situations don't happen again. But are they being enacted quickly enough?
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Hospital Denies Strip Search

The IWK Heath Centre in Halifax is denying allegations from Rehtaeh Parsons’s father that his daughter was strip-searched by two men while receiving treatment for suicidal thoughts in 2012. Parsons t...
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Forgotten Already?

The father of Rehteah Parsons says his family is “bewildered” that police have yet to lay any charges in the case of his daughter, who took her own life after she was allegedly raped and then bullied...
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Rape Jokes on Facebook Aren't Funny, Zuckerberg

Are there no fathers working at Facebook? No brothers or husbands? Where are the men and why are they silent about a company policy that jokes about rape and violence against women are not wrong so long as they appear in the humour section? Allowing for rape jokes puts Facebook on the same level as all the other women-hating garbage out there in cyberspace. I can't image working for a company that would allow for something as sick as rape jokes. Not in my position. Not after seeing what rape did to my beautiful, talented daughter. I can still hear her cry and see the hurt on her face. Man to man, Mr. Zuckerberg, I need your help.
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My Daughter Rehtaeh Just Wanted to Be Believed

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. I told Rehtaeh all the time that justice is a long shot and even that people will think she either asked for it, or she deserved it. I just wanted her to be prepared. She just wanted to be believed.
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Laureen Harper: All Kids At Risk Online

OTTAWA - When a young person's private photos suddenly go public, it makes no difference who the parents are — even if they happen to live at 24 Sussex Drive.And Laureen Harper says kids and parents n...
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Why Rehtaeh Parsons' Story Could Have Been My Own

Sunday, April 14th marked ten years since the night I was raped. I'd been dreading that bizarre anniversary like the plague. I didn't really understand what I was supposed to do or how I was supposed to feel. So what did I end up doing on my "anniversary"? My boyfriend made bacon pancakes, we went to the mall, watched TV... So really it was like any other Sunday, although this time I was hyperaware of my gratefulness for every moment of it. I mourn for Rehtaeh Parsons, Audrie Pott, and all the other girls who did not have that same luxury. We need to realize that rape is a crime and stop making excuses for criminals. If we don't we are going to continue to disappoint countless young women to death.
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Friends, Family Say Goodbye

HALIFAX -- Family and friends of a Nova Scotia teen whose suicide has again put the spotlight on bullying were urged at her funeral on Saturday to celebrate her life but also to use her story to draw...