“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

 Desmond Tutu

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.

Named one of Huffington Post Canada’s Top 50 Contributors.

Latest Blog Posts

Rehtaeh by Adam Baldwin

May 19th, 2016|1 Comment

“Rehtaeh” is about the systemic failures that led to the death of Rehtaeh Parsons in 2013 and is, as Adam puts it “maybe the most important song I’ll ever write.” Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, singer and son writer Adam Baldwin sent me an acoustic version of a song he wrote about Rae. It's a beautiful song and I am grateful he gave us and her such a touching gift. Give it a [...]

ManUp Inspire Conference 2016

May 14th, 2016|0 Comments

I'm looking forward to visiting Ottawa on the 25th. These are some incredible young men who've made combating violence against women their goal. You can find more about ManUp on their web site - setanewstandard.ca. Welcome to ManUp Inspire Conference 2016! We are so excited to get started on the next chapter of ManUp. If you are hearing about us for the first time, we are simply an organized group of [...]

Stand with Avalon

May 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Having met some of the incredible people who work tirelessly in their support of victims, I'm asking you to please think of making a donation to the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in memory of Rehtaeh Parsons. During one of the appointments I drove Rehtaeh too, I read over a pamphlet written for supporters. Until then I had no idea. Avalon Sexual Assault Centre has launched a month-long crowdfunding campaign at www.youcaring.com/Avalon. Their goal to [...]

A Touch of Sexual Assault

May 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Kayley Dixon, a teenager from Nova Scotia, reads a powerful poem about the experiences she's had being a girl in today's world. Dixon is involved in the Youth Art Connection project, one of the groups that received funding from the Nova Scotia government to fight sexual violence. Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/sexual-violence-strategy-nova-scotia-community-groups-1.3562324

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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Posts About Rehtaeh

Rehtaeh by Adam Baldwin

May 19th, 2016|1 Comment

“Rehtaeh” is about the systemic failures that led to the death of Rehtaeh [...]

Rehtaeh in Varadero, Cuba

May 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

A huge thanks to my dear friend Julie. You rock :-) [...]

Rehtaeh in New York City

April 30th, 2016|0 Comments

When we were in New York City (July 2014), we wrote Rehtaeh's name on the [...]