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Leah Parsons: If It Happened to Rehtaeh, It Could Happen to Anyone

Special by Leah Parsons [su_dropcap size=”3″]M[/su_dropcap]y daughter Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide last year at the young age of seventeen. At a time when Rehtaeh was developing who she would become, she was socially assassinated for making the mistake that many teens make; she experimented with alcohol. One night changed her life forever and I can honestly say that she was never the same again. In 2011, Rehtaeh was fifteen years old and had just started high school. She was in school for a few months when she and her new friend went over to the home of two boys. Someone decided to bring vodka and two more males came over, making the person count to two girls and four boys. Alcohol was consumed by all present, and yes, all were underage drinking and all were in the wrong. However, that night Rehtaeh was raped by all four boys and a photo was taken. The photo was then circulated throughout Rehtaeh’s school and community a few days after the rape. Keep Reading

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One Year After Amanda’s Death

I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. ~ Amanda Todd It’s hard to believe a year ago today Amanda Todd’s precious life ended. Her mom, Carol, has written what I know would have been a very difficult letter about her feelings and how hard this past year has been: One Year After Amanda’s Death, Light Up Purple for Mental Health. Carol writes, “I never thought a whole year would come and go so quickly. Each and every month for the past 11, has been one full of the emotional ups and downs and even sideways for that matter. There is no way to predict which way the wind or my emotions will be blowing.” Today, October 10th, is also World Mental Health Day. “This also happens to be the same date that I lost the ability to laugh and cry with my daughter in real time“, states Carol, “From here on in, I will work to bring awareness to mental health issues on this date. I invite all those who want to help do this each year by Lighting Up Purple for World Mental Health Day.” Carol also asks some important questions as we look ahead and wonder about “what was happening in the ‘big picture’ of our nation. Or per province. Or even per city.” There are many mixed messages about “what can be done and what is being done…” Why one city can pass a by-law, yet another one can’t? Why one has the support of the police and another… Keep Reading

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Amanda Todd Video at One Year

I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I’d rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don’t hate, although im sure I’ll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyones future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here aren’t I ? -AmandaTodd It is hard to understand how much I truly miss my Princess Snowflake!! xoxo – Carol Todd Carol Todd has written a beautiful tribute to her daughter called Why My Daughter Amanda Todd’s Video Is Still Saving Lives. She writes that she continues “to receive comments from people all around the world about having seen the video for the very first time. I also keep hearing about the positive impacts it has made on those who have watched it. They felt a connection with the video. They thought about their own lives and decided on a change. It opened up discussions in homes. Girls and boys talked to their parents. Some confided that they were self-harmers. Treatment and care were then sought out. All these are good things that have come out of this.” Keep Reading

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