Some months back we posted on a girl in Nova Scotia who was raped , bullied and harassed to the point of taking her own life . The incident in question took place nearly a year and a half ago and still no justice , nor peace for Rehtaeh or her family . You can read our posts here and here and you can sign a petition demanding an investigation into why nothing has been done even while the rape was filmed and witnessed by numerous students .
” I am horrified at what happened to Rehtaeh. She was a beautiful, caring person. She was a amazing artist. She loved animals.
While I haven’t seen her in a few years, I’m friends with her family and I can’t believe how our community and the authorities failed to protect her.
Seventeen months ago, she 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 this week 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 the below update is undated and thus don’t know if this is a new investigation or one that has already come and gone . Regardless , it will do the reader no harm to add the name to the above-linked petition . Please do so , so that there might be some measure of justice for a teen who lost her life to sexist pigs .
**UPDATE** Rehtaeh will finally have justice. Today I received a call from the Premier’s office saying they will be launching an “independent review of the actions of police and the Public Prosecution Service in the Rehtaeh Parson’s case.” They have yet to announce exactly who will review the case. Until the reviewers are announced and we know they are truly independent I will be leaving the petition page open for more people to sign. Holding authorities accountable is how we make sure tragedies like this don’t happen again, so thank you everyone!”
Editor’s Note : A concerned reader brought this story back to our attention and we are more than happy to bring it to yours .
Update : below is a comment we received from “Concerned” that provides links to both Rehtaeh’s mother’s and father’s web pages . Comment is reposted with the express permission of the commenter and we were touched by their concern and hope that you are too .
” Concerned Jul 1, 4:22 pm
Thank you very much for bringing this to attention, again….
As mentioned, I am concerned this has been “dragged on” so to speak, so the family and concerned persons “just get worn out”…People get exhausted.
and many news articles. It seems as if the school “investigation” (to my mind) was cursory and head patting.
I have found nothing to indicate any serious (or even any) effort to charge anyone. I know the comment posted on the petition page was posted months ago, and suspect they hoped it would bring results. So far all I can say, is “where did it go””?
in the meantime, across Canada, I have read in the news three cases of young males, one only 14, charged with child pornography, for taking consensual video or pics and posting same. All Good. BUT…— what about Rehtaeh????
I found your blog, discussing this previously, and right now, all I can hope is persons like yourself (bloggers and writers), might stir enough interest to bring results.
I don’t know any of these people, but to my mind it horrifies any thought there is law and justice. It is obscene. It is obscene that it appears justice is trying to exhaust family from this.
I hoped, at least if more signed the petition/sent it on/posted it, it may make authorites realize “folks want to know”.