Yesterday I went through Rehtaeh’s artwork and collectibles. It was one of those rare times I was able to manage a smile when I looked back over her life. Usually it’s just too hard and I hold off for a long time. Every piece has her voice, the sound of her steps as she runs to show me what she made. Every little crayon mark reminds me of a time I would give anything to go back to.
This is a newspaper project Rehtaeh made for her school. At the time I was working as a freelance photojournalist for the Halifax Daily News. I used to love showing her my photos in the newspaper and she thought it was a cool job.
Rae was a very creative little girl. It really came out in her art, especially when she was using art as a form of therapy. Art helps, I do it too, but not as much as I should.
We Believe You – a Colouring Book for Survivors and Supporters is an initiative of the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Feel free to print and share the colouring book. Post your coloured images on social media with the hashtag #ConsentComesFirst.