The crimes against Leah's daughter highlighted significant problems with many of the institutions parents rely to keep their children safe and eventually, this story would the catalyst for change. It’s just a shame that Leah’s daughter Rehteah had to pay for those changes with her life.
Happy Birthday Rehtaeh! You would be turning 25 today and all I felt this morning when I got up was immense saddness. I cried so hard for you today, and for all the yesterdays we never had a chance to share.
This is an older video I recently found. The Japanese news network sent a journalist and camera crew all the way to Halifax to shoot this segment.
The following message was posted by Rehtaeh's mom Leah on Facebook. It's a wonderful tribute to an amazing soul, RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson. Heidi, a 23-year veteran of the RCMP, died in the line of duty, protecting the people of Nova Scotia during the devastating murder spree that began Sunday in the village of Portapique.
Today won't be easy and I'm sitting here not sure what to say or write and thinking I should just go for a walk. Rehtaeh died seven years ago today at the age of 17 following a suicide attempt on April 4th. Seven years without her smile, her infectious laugh, her warmth and kindness. It
It's going to take a long time to process all the work and experiences I had in Costa Rica. From the people to the places to the deep journey we took together, this has been life changing and it gave me exactly what I needed. “Dreams gather quickly like Spring crows, and they scatter.” ~Simon
I've started a Vlog style means of sharing. This is the first of what I hope to be many video posts on my site. It seems much easier and I think it's a better way to share updates. I recently made a very hard decision. I need to step back from public speaking for a
One of Canada's most iconic journalists died yesterday. Christie Blatchford, 68, passed away following a short battle with cancer. I met Christie once while out walking my pug Ozzy. I've read a lot about how she loved dogs and there wasn't a dog in Toronto she didn't want to say hello too. At first I
The Girl in the Photo, produced for the Discovery Channel, was recently broadcast in South America. The episode Web of Lies is the story of Rehtaeh and how her life was destroyed by rape, victim blaming, and institutional failures. I can always tell when a show featuring Rehtaeh has been shown as my inbox fills
Written by Rehtaeh Parson (sometime between the assault and her death) I am Rehtaeh Parsons. Born on December 9th, 1995 in Halifax, NS and raised in Cole Harbour, NS. My parents split up before I was even born, but they raised me outstandingly well. I gained different characteristics and learned a lot from each of