For Rehtaeh
BIO – Glen Canning is an advocate for victims of sexual assault. He is the father of Rehtaeh Anne Parsons, a Nova Scotia teenager who was sexually assaulted by four males at a home near Halifax in November 2011. Rehtaeh ended her life April 4th, 2013, following months of cyber-abuse and victim blaming. Glen has spoken about Rehtaeh’s case internationally and across Canada. Along with his daughter’s mother, Leah Parsons, he has helped bring about changes to the Criminal Code of Canada. For his work, Glen and Leah, along with Amanda Todd’s mother Carol, received the Rosalind Prober Award for Advocacy in 2013.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

 Elie Wiesel

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Sexual assault overturned by N.S. Court

November 29th, 2015|

When justice in Nova Scotia gets it wrong they really go for it. He was 32 - his victim was 14 - the age of consent is 16. Pretty clear cut case unless we allow [...]

Giving Tuesday – to your local sexual assault centre

November 27th, 2015|

This #GivingTuesday please consider making a donation to your local sexual assault centre. Giving to your local centre ensures survivors of sexualized violence and childhood sexual abuse have the tools and support they need [...]

School of Secrets – the fifth estate

November 25th, 2015|

If you missed the fifth estate episode about the UBC sexual harassment and assault complaints It's been published to the networks YouTube channel. Thankfully the comments are off for the video, have a bad [...]

UBC’s Non-Apology Apology

November 24th, 2015|

"I think I've been more traumatized by the process of reporting than I was traumatized by the incident of assault." — Caitlin Cunningham In a story right out of The Hunting Ground, women [...]

Rehtaeh Anne Parsons

Rehtaeh Parsons

Rehtaeh Parsons ended her life on the 7th of April, 2013, following a gang sexual assault at a home located in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, Canada. None of the four males who raped her were held accountable for their actions despite photographing the assault and bragging about what they did to her.

You can visit Rehtaeh’s memorial Facebook page here – Angel Rehtaeh.

Rehtaeh’s story is not unique. Having spoken to many high schools students since her death I would say there is a Rehtaeh Parsons in every school in the country.

Rehtaeh’s page is here.

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