[su_quote cite=”Leah Parsons”]“The agencies that weren’t there to protect her are the same agencies that are silencing her once again. By taking the power of her name away, they’re stripping her of her voice a second time.”[/su_quote]
[su_note note_color=”#ffffff” text_color=”#000000″]Last week, a 20-year-old Nova Scotia man pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing child pornography. In an agreed statement of facts read in court, the man acknowledged that nearly three years ago, when he was 17, he threw a small, booze-fueled party at his house with three other teenage boys and a 15-year-old girl. That night, he took a photograph of one of those boys, then 16, penetrating the girl from behind. She was naked from the waist down and was leaning out of a window to vomit onto the ground. The 16-year-old boy was smiling into the camera, holding the girl’s hip with one hand, and giving a thumbs up with the other. The person who took the photo is awaiting sentencing. The boy in the photo is now 19 and is awaiting trial for distributing the image. The girl died last year.[/su_note]
I wrote the Justice Minister of Nova Scotia, Lena Diab, yesterday morning. We are hoping for a directive to be issued about the ban.