This is the best news I’ve had in a long time. Thank you Chronicle Herald!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

The public interest is so important in this story. Rehtaeh deserves to have her name as a part of it. This ban protected only those with something to hide and a dysfunctional, leaderless justice system. The Herald just gave my daughter more justice then our legal system ever will.


[su_divider top=”no”]CHRONICLE HERALD EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ve decided to publish the name of the victim in this story, despite a court-ordered ban. We believe it’s in the public interest in this unique case, given the widespread recognition of Rehtaeh Parsons’ name, and given the good that can come, and has already come, from free public debate over sexual consent and the other elements of her story.

Rehtaeh’s parents want her name printed, and Judge Jamie Campbell, who upheld the publication ban, wrote in his decision that “the ban serves no purpose,” though he had no choice but to uphold it. Waiving Rehtaeh’s privacy rights “would be a good thing, if it could be done just for this case, just this once,” the judge wrote.

It is difficult for readers to follow a news story when the name associated with it is omitted, and we want to inform Nova Scotians of the outcome of this legal case. We would like to reassure other crime victims that their own court-ordered privacy rights will be respected as always.