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The case was adjourned today until Sept. 6 after lawyers asked for a postponement.
What happened in Halifax is but an example of what's wrong with our criminal justice system - it turns "sexual assault" into "sex" and debates consent the entire trial while not once stopping to ask, "Does it make sense to anyone that this woman, in this state, would consent to having sex with anyone, let alone a total stranger?" Judge Gregory Lenehan believed it made sense and, in essence, gave consent on a young woman's behalf to something she doesn't even remember.
“If you don’t do it, the internet’s going to do it for you.”
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"I wish I had done a lot more."
MP Arnold Viersen was inspired by what happened to Rehtaeh Parsons.
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"We couldn't do it by this fall."
For me, when I was seventeen, I stood in our garage and looked around to see which beam would hold my weight. I don't know what stopped me. I've thought of suicide since Rehtaeh's death. Being in love has seen me through. If you're a young person dealing with thoughts of suicide, please know -- tomorrow is worth sticking around for. Tomorrow will be better and this will pass. Tomorrow needs you. Find something to hold on to. A pet. A garden. Wanting to see a movie. Find something to hold onto and know life is worth sticking around for. This will pass. You'll be OK. In your darkest moment, say to yourself, "Not today. Tomorrow needs me. I need to see what it brings." Tomorrow needs you. We all need you.
"I think it's a good thing that they're bringing the cops into this."
One of the best ways to shape a young person's mentality is to elicit an emotional response. While this tactic has been expertly employed in public health campaigns, it's rarely applied to sexual education. When it comes to consent, we simply don't teach real-life, visceral examples that could lessen the number of teens who go on to commit these crimes.
In the past three years I've learned that the most powerful tool to combat violence against women could very well be the minds of young men. I've learned that if we don't fill those minds with examples of virtue, empathy, affection, tolerance, trust, kindness, courage, and bravery, then those minds will end up being filled with ignorance, racism, sexism, hate, and anger. What would have happened to Rehtaeh Parsons if just one of the boys with her that night was informed about consent and his role in preventing sexual violence?
"When people realize that it's a solvable problem they won't put up with it anymore."
"There is nothing civil to be found in the staggering toll sexual violence takes on our communities."
The man, who is now 21, can't be named because he was a minor when he posed for an explicit photo showing him having sex with the 15-year-old.
The law was passed in May 2013 in response to public outrage over the death of Parsons.
"... it no doubt presented a unique challenge for the prosecution."
"To borrow a term that I've learned on social media the Cyber-safety Act is a dumpster fire that can only be extinguished by the Charter."
Charges were withdrawn against a Nova Scotia man who pleaded not guilty to threatening the life of Rehtaeh Parsons's father online after the Crown determined there wasn't enough evidence to convict him.
"Giving in to predators, trolls and abusers is not how we will end online abuse," he said.
The father of one of the men who pleaded guilty in the Rehtaeh Parsons case was arrested for allegedly using a computer at a Nova Scotia Canadian Forces base to make inappropriate web comments, and ed...
Military police arrested and released the father of one of the men involved in the Rehtaeh Parsons case amid an investigation into comments made about her online, CTV News reported Wednesday. The man...
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HALIFAX - The Defence Department is investigating to determine whether an infraction of its Internet usage policies occurred after changes were made to a Wikipedia page about Rehtaeh Parsons.Wikipedia...
No question from my oldest daughter has torn more at my heart. A discussion about never taking rides with strangers unexpectedly morphed into a talk about sexual assault. "Mom," she whispered tentatively. "Do you mean that someone can just sneak up and do THAT to me?" My heart lurched into my throat. Until that moment, my bright-eyed daughter lived blissfully unaware of the fact that women can be raped. I was rendered momentarily speechless.
HALIFAX - The young Halifax-area man who posed for an explicit photo showing him having sex with 15-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons apologized in court Thursday to her family but said he wasn't a bully as he...
Fighting back tears, Leah Parsons delivered a message Thursday to the man who posed for and distributed an explicit photo that led to her daughter's death at age 17. Parsons read the victim impact sta...
HALIFAX - When a judge placed a publication ban on Rehtaeh Parsons' identity, Glen Canning began wearing a T-shirt to court bearing his daughter's name in a campaign that ended Wednesday as reporting...
HALIFAX - A new organization has been established by the parents of Rehtaeh Parsons to address the prevalence of cyberbullying, youth sexual violence and the distribution of images among young people....
Halifax's Chronicle Herald made a risky, but laudable move when it published Rehtaeh Parsons' name despite a publication ban this week. A second man had entered a guilty plea to one count of child por...
A Nova Scotia newspaper has defied a judge’s publication ban over a “prominent child pornography case” by publishing the victim’s name – Rehtaeh Parsons. The Chronicle Herald published a story Monday...
This morning I spoke before The House of Commons' Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and shared my thoughts on Bill C-13. I know there are concerns with C-13 and believe me, if there was something better on the table I'd be all over it. There isn't, not that I can see. Police have to have the ability to act fast when it comes to cyber-crime or their response is pointless. Our children's rights and privacy is already being violated -- violated by some of the sickest people you can imagine. If it's a choice between them and the police I'm siding with the police.
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Amanda Todd took her life in 2012 at the age of 15 after being relentlessly blackmailed by a ruthless predator. She deserved a more informed and effective police response than what was offered. She deserved to feel protected. So do all the Canadian kids who are being blackmailed or lured into performing sexual acts on webcam right now.
I am sure many around the world have read the headlines. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that Amanda's alleged perpetrator would be found in the Netherlands.
HALIFAX - Police in Halifax have charged a young man accused of making death threats against the father of Rehtaeh Parsons.Police won't disclose the name of the alleged victim or of the 19-year-old ac...