Rehtaeh Parsons Sexual Assault

Rehtaeh Parsons: Yet Another Rape Victim to Blame?

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.