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Standing Up and Losing Faith

*The names in this story have been changed. [su_dropcap size=”3″]I[/su_dropcap]t sounds familiar — the anger, the sorrow, the pain, and the confusion. How could doing the right thing leave you feeling so let down? So disappointed? Anne’s story hits close to home. Another young victim forever changed. She tells me that she “feels like she’s lost a loved one.” She feels like she’s broken.She hates the person she has become. It sounded innocent enough. A friend she’s had for years asked her to come over and hang out. They did everything together. The friend spent more time at Anne’s house… Keep Reading

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Woman Calls Childhood Rapist

A California woman has posted a YouTube video of a confrontation with a woman she says sexually abused her nearly 16 years ago. “Why did you do that,” Jamie Carrillo, 28, of Victorville, asked her alleged abuser during a secretly recorded phone conversation. “I was only 12 years old when I met you. Do you realize that ? What you did is wrong?” The woman on the other end of the line replies, “Yes, and I regret it.” According to Pasadena Star-News, school officials have identified the accused as Andrea Cardosa, a former vice principal at their school. Cardosa resigned… Keep Reading

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“Stop Hating Online” TV Ad

Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to speak to hundreds students at Fairview Junior High School in Halifax. I was invited by Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay to help introduce the new national campaign that emphasizes the legal consequences of cyberbullying. The campaign is called Stop Hating Online and it outlines what constitutes cyberbullying and what to do if you’re a victim or a victim’s parent. The goal is to start a national conversation about the impacts of cyberbullying, to give parents and teens the tools to stop it. Get Cyber Safe now has comprehensive information on cyberbullying for both… Keep Reading

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The Right Legislation at the Right Time

It was hard for us to believe. The sharing of a humiliating image of our daughter Rehtaeh, taken without her knowledge, was not a police matter. We were told it was a community issue, not a legal one. A ‘community issue’ is lingo for there’s nothing you can do about it and/or it’s to big for the police to handle so go away. The photo was and is now in the hands of God knows who. Shared by hundreds of people over a period of months while the police looked on and did nothing despite knowing who was sharing it… Keep Reading

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Canadian Arrests Underscore Importance of Reporting to Cybertip.ca

I am very proud to know many of the people working tirelessly at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and honoured that to call them friends. [box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” ]TORONTO – At least 386 children have been rescued from sexual exploitation and hundreds of suspects arrested in a sweeping child pornography investigation that began with a Toronto man, police revealed Thursday.[/box] The protection of children is all of our responsibility. We are not powerless, it is in our control. ~ Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection [divider] Media Release Thursday morning, the Toronto Police Service… Keep Reading

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Project Blame

Project Blame was created to expose the victim blaming culture that permeates within law enforcement agencies. It is in the spirit of Project Unbreakable: http://projectunbreakable.tumblr.com/. We are seeking images from sexual assault victims (either showing your face or not), who reported their assaults to the police, holding a sign that states in a sentence or two what officers told you when they investigated your case. A sample image is posted in the photo below. YOUR NAME WILL NOT BE POSTED IF YOU EMAIL THE IMAGE. If you post from Facebook it will be. If you do not have someone who… Keep Reading

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The Centre for Gender Advocacy – Concordia

Last Thursday I had the pleasure to speak at Concordia University about the issues surrounding Rehtaeh’s life and death. I was asked to come as a keynote speaker by the Centre for Gender Advocacy as part of a larger event series: Another Word for Gender: an intro to feminist organizing & action. These are some truly an amazing group of people who work tirelessly to bring services and resources to the Concordia and Montreal community in the form of Peer Support and Advocacy, safer sex resources and trans health resources as well as “campaigns to demand justice for the many… Keep Reading

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Bullying: when schools are the bystander

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu Rita-Clare LeBlanc had reached the darkest moment of her young life. The months of bullying at her high school had taken a toll and she decided to end her life and become yet another statistic of Nova Scotia’s abysmal bullying record. She sat alone in her room and started to swallow her fathers blood pressure pills. She was going to take as many as she could before passing out and dying. Fortunately, before the point of no return, her mother walked… Keep Reading

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Rape Culture? What Rape Culture?

If a homosexual man were the victim of a hate crime, would national media outlets concentrate on what he was wearing or what he was doing to have brought on the attack? Thankfully, no. Yet, the discussion inevitably shifts to what a woman was wearing or how she was acting when she accuses someone of rape. With distressing methodological consistency, the media continually feels the need to question the veracity of a rape allegation and bring into question the alleged victim’s level of intoxication, sexual history, and general perceived promiscuity. When a young girl gets gang raped at a party… Keep Reading

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The Dr. Phil Tweet

A Tweet made by Dr. Phil this morning has resulted in a lot of grief for the TV host. The Tweet is simple and asks: “If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil.” Salon called the Tweet “vile.” The Globe and Mail asks if it was “breaking the ice or just plain offensive?” It was removed from Dr. Phil’s Twitter feed quickly but the controversy is obviously going to continue for awhile. A badly worded question? Perhaps. Rehtaeh Parsons mother Leah is in California and will be appearing on… Keep Reading

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