Rehtaeh Parsons Sexual Assault

Rehtaeh Parsons Died One Year Ago Monday

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada

HALIFAX - The father of Rehtaeh Parsons says there have been positive changes in the year since his daughter's death, but more must be done to change ...

Men Should Stand Up to Rapists, Not Befriend Them

Glen Canning | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada
Glen Canning

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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CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - A former chief prosecutor in Ontario who is reviewing the Rehtaeh Parsons case says understanding the role technology played before the teen...

Rehtaeh Parsons Strip-Search Allegations Prompt Review

CBC | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada

The province has appointed an independent expert to review the practices at a Halifax hospital in the wake of allegations that the hospital strip-sear...

New Cyberbullying Legislation In N.S.

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government stepped up its fight against cyberbullying Thursday with legislation that could strip people of their phones and ...

Rehtaeh's Father Conveys Heartfelt Message To Harper

CBC | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada Politics

Two weeks after their daughter died following months of alleged online harassment, the family of Rehtaeh Parsons sat down with Prime Minister Stephen ...

Rehtaeh's Mom Gets Invite From Harper

CP | Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.21.2013 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - The mother and stepfather of Rehtaeh Parsons are meeting with the prime minister Tuesday to discuss how to ensure the distribution of sexual...

Nova Scotia Premier Commits To Rehtaeh Parsons Review

CP | Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government will launch an independent review of the RCMP's original investigation into the Rehtaeh Parsons case, Premier Dar...

Premier Wants Criminal Code Change In Wake Of Parsons Tragedy

CP | Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - The RCMP reopened their investigation Friday of the alleged sexual assault of Rehtaeh Parsons after receiving what they described as new and...

Experts Urge Public Review Of Her Case

CP | Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's justice minister should call a public review into why the RCMP determined there were insufficient grounds to lay charges after...

'Dear God, Let Something Positive Come Out Of This'

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada

HALIFAX - The cousin of a young woman who committed suicide after an alleged assault and months of bullying issued an emotional appeal to people Thurs...

School Didn't Investigate Alleged Rape

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada

Rehtaeh Parsons' school did not investigate the alleged gang rape and subsequent bullying that the dead teen's family says led to her suicide. Hal...

Troubling Questions In Wake Of Teen's Suicide

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada Politics

The tragic suicide of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons has prompted a politician to raise troubling questions about sexual assault services in the pro...

Investigation Into Teen's Alleged Rape Won't Be Reviewed

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada

The mother's allegations, shared with the world via a Facebook memorial page, are startling: Her daughter, Halifax teen Rehtaeh Parsons, fell into a d...

Rehtaeh Parsons: Yet Another Rape Victim to Blame?

Toula Drimonis | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

We, as a society, recoil in horror at such tragedies, but fail to see the triggers that normalize violence against women. We shrug them off as unrelated. But they're not. Just like 17-year-old Halifax student Rehtaeh Parsons must have done something to bring on what happened to her, when she went to a friend's house 17 months ago (only 15 at the time) and was raped by four young boys. Four young boys who, not only violated her, but then decided it would be hysterically funny to take pictures of her and distribute them at her school and her community. The victim-blaming culture that we live in, the fallout was inevitable.