This wasn’t some high-tech operation that involved extracting private messages from someone’s Facebook account. Dozens of e-mails were sent to us by kids and adults alike, most of whom had personal relationships with the rapists. Many recalled confessions made by these boys blatantly in public where they detailed the rape of an inebriated 15-year-old girl.
The way the story is told, time and time again, these sad little boys had no fear whatsoever about admitting publicly their crimes and even spreading photographic evidence of it. Why were they unafraid? They believed no one was ever going to do anything to stop them and they were right.
All of you have created a mess and instead of taking responsibility and cleaning it up, the first thing you did yesterday morning was get on television and defend your jobs. You have taught the young men in your community a terrible lesson: rape is easy.[/su_quote]
Even the notorious cell phone picture, first sent by one of the alleged assailants and re-circulated thereafter, shows virtually nothing that would stand up in court.[/su_quote]
The male who took the photo – Young man enters guilty plea in high-profile Nova Scotia child porn (Rehtaeh Parsons) case
The male in the photo – Second young man pleads guilty in Rehtaeh Parsons case
If the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service has an issue identifying child pornography than perhaps it’s time to address that fault and take action to correct it. Rehtaeh’s case highlights a very obvious gap between what the law states and what the Crown believes the law states.
Does it serve justice in Nova Scotia when police officers approach a government department for advice when that very department has no idea what the law is or how it needs to be enforced? Or is this something worse? A lack of resources? Money? Time?
Given the two recent child porn case verdicts in Nova Scotia, it’s obvious there is a problem. Neither case went to trial. The evidence was so strong guilty pleas were entered – yet the Crown in Nova Scotia claimed there was no “realistic prospect of conviction.”
The Crown from Ontario told us the guilty pleas were likely to happen because the evidence was, in his words, “overwhelming.”
This mess is what the Rehtaeh Parsons publication ban is protecting.
The ban protects nothing else.
We deserve better!