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"It is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain." - Judith Herman (M.D, Clinical Psychiatry Harvard Medical School)

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ManUp @ManUpLDHSS

October 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Last week I had the honour to attend a ManUp meeting in Ottawa to discuss the role young men play in ending violence against women. Rehtaeh's life mattered to these guys enough that they've taken it upon themselves to do something about her tragic story and do what they can do so it doesn't hap [...]

A Message to Young Men About False Accusations

October 5th, 2018|0 Comments

There are a lot of things you need to fear growing up. The man down the street or a visiting uncle. Driving home from a game or movie late one night and getting murdered by some drunk. Your leaders sending you to die in a war they could have avoided and would never have had the courage to fight [...]

Adopt a Dog

September 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Sometimes you have moments in life and years later you look back and think, "Oh, that's what that was." I had that happen last night watching an episode of This Is Us. Dogs know. Dogs know who's sad, who is hurting, and they know who needs a friend to sit with. Our home in Halifax was an emotio [...]

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Today in Canada, 10 people will end their lives by suicide; 200 others will attempt so. For each death by suicide, between 7 and 10 people left behind are profoundly affected. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity for everyone in the community – the public, charitable organizations, co [...]

The Dog

September 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

This touching tribute to "The Dog" is in a Toronto park where we walk Alice. Willy must have been a very special companion. My sunshine doesn't come from the skies, It comes from the love in my dog's eyes. Unknown Poet If you find yourself in a bad place please reach out to a safe pe [...]

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Rehtaeh Anne 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.

Rehtaehs Police File: A-2016-07382

Update 14 Dec 2017: The Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada is now looking into the RCMP’s refusal to release her files.

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