Rehtaeh: Demanding an independent inquiry Question asked on the petition site was (why is this important to you?)
“Seventeen months ago, Rahtaeh was raped. The rape was photographed and the photos were shared around her Nova Scotia community. Rehtaeh was destroyed by this. Any 15 year old would be. She was called a slut. She was bullied. She faced depression. And she took her own life. After Rehtaeh’s rape, the RCMP investigated for a year but said there was not enough evidence to lay charges/”
Unfortunately we also need to protect the identities of many of the Rape Victims
- Canada has the 9th highest rate of bullying in the 13-years-olds category on a scale of 35 countries1
- At least 1 in 3 adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied recently
- Among adult Canadians, 38% of males and 30% of females reported having experienced occasional or frequent bullying during their school years
- 47% of Canadian parents report having a child victim of bullying
- Any participation in bullying increases risk of suicidal ideas in youth
- The rate of discrimination experienced among students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified, Two-Spirited, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) is three times higher than heterosexual youth
- Girls are more likely to be bullied on the Internet than boys
- 7% of adult Internet users in Canada, age 18 years and older, self-reported having been a victim of cyber-bullying at some point in their life
- The most common form of cyber-bullying involved receiving threatening or aggressive e-mails or instant messages, reported by 73% of victims
- 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis source Statistics Canada
Trigger warning: this email contains information about sexual assault that may be triggering to survivors.
We did it. Thank you to all 424,770 of you who helped win this important measure of justice for Rehtaeh by signing my Change.org petition and demanding to know why the rape of a 15 year old girl wasn’t taken seriously by authorities.
Nothing will ever erase the fact that Rehtaeh was raped when she was 15, photographed, bullied, shamed and left to feel abandoned by the authorities she thought would protect her. Nothing can ever bring her back, but together, by holding authorities accountable, we are changing the culture and system that failed her.
As a friend of Rehtaeh’s mother, I was shaking with anger when I heard the Nova Scotia Minister of Justice say that he would not review police actions in Rehtaeh’s rape case — no one had been charged even though hundreds had seen photos of the rape.
I’m relieved to tell you that yesterday I received a call from the Premier of Nova Scotia’s office confirming that there will be an independent inquiry into the actions of police and the public prosecution in Rehtaeh’s case. This is because of the pressure we created together.
Something is going to change because of this — for Rehtaeh, for her family and friends who will live with this tragedy forever, and for the countless girls and women around the world who are victims of both sexual assault and a culture that tells them that it’s their fault.
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Thank you for standing with Rehtaeh and making sure she did not die in vain,
A friend of the Parson’s family
Halifax, Nova Scotia
In the case of privacy rights and end point safety rights, I believe Facebook still needs to address many of these issues and by providing users with tools to keep dangerous intruders away, who tend to be lurking on social sites.
In recent years, parents of teenagers have had to add digital safety to the long list of potential dangers keeping them awake at night. From stolen identities to cyberbullying, the online world can be a very dangerous one. To help equip parents and their kids to better navigate that world safely, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), in collaboration with Facebook, launched a consumer education program “to provide teens and their parents with tools and tips to manage their privacy and visibility both on Facebook and more broadly on the Internet”.
Leading the campaign is Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, who announced the program by saying, “Teenagers and adults should know there are tools to help protect their online privacy when they go on Facebook and other digital platforms. We hope this campaign will encourage consumers to closely manage their privacy and these tools and tips will help provide a safer online experience.”