Rehtaeh Parsons Police File

by Glen Canning

“People who don’t expect justice don’t have to suffer disappointment.” ~Isaac Asimov, The Robots of Dawn

Well, 2 years and 10 months after my initial request was received I finally am in possession of at least a part of Rehtaeh’s police file. It’s disappointing but not surprising. 514 pages in a 36.7 MB PDF file with pretty much everything redacted.

There’s some information from the night Rehtaeh ended her life, a police report some asshat filed against me for partaking in one of her memorial walks, a lot of information dealing with the fallout of her death, and blank page after blank page about the investigation into her sexual assault.

“I called… I received… I emailed… I spoke to…”

All repeated statements followed by a blank white page. There’s nothing at all about the investigation or how it was conducted.

It’s my intention to file a complaint about this but I’m not hopeful it will do any good. I filed an online complaint with the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada under the Access to Information Act against Royal Canadian Mounted Police on December 10, 2017 due to the delays.

They said I’d be contacted by an investigator once my file has been assigned. That was 1 year, 7 months ago and I’ve yet to hear from them.

Guess I’ll have to wait and see.

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16 comments

Michael July 29, 2019 - 2:20 am

Thank you for shedding light on this long long long journey you’re on.

Glen Canning July 30, 2019 - 12:11 pm

Thanks Michael.

Lynn July 31, 2019 - 5:12 am

Wish I had been around to be her friend…..heads would have rolled.

Caren July 31, 2019 - 1:38 am

Your words and your despair brought me to tears….Every girl needs a dad like you❤️

Shannon July 31, 2019 - 3:28 am

I just watched Rehtaeh story on IDtv but I remember hearing about her after her death. This is so sad and terrifying. I have two daughters and I can’t even imagine without feeling pain. I pray for the family, I pray for peace.

Rev Bob July 31, 2019 - 4:52 am

So sorry for the loss of your daughter. I grieve with you and pray that God will bring some peace to your life.

Michelle July 31, 2019 - 5:02 am

I just watched Rehtaeh’s story on ID Web of Lies tonight and I wanted to say that I’m so sorry for your loss! Also, the outcome is BS! If I were you, I’d use the boys who rasped her and the police department who did nothing to help her all for wrongful death! That file you requested is bull. It’s disgusting how there police handled everything just because she said lol, no it’s cool!! I’m so mad right now.. what if our wad their daughter??

Michelle Courry July 31, 2019 - 3:41 pm

The point is the police did NOT handle anything. They saw it as a tough case and CHOSE not to deal with it. They expected her and her parents to go quietly into the night. They were cowards and then tried to cover it up by not releasing information to her parents. In my opinion, they are just as responsible for her death as the rapists and the cyber-bullies.

New laws will hopefully come from this so Rae will not have died in vain.

Prayers to her family and friends.

Bertand Earnie July 31, 2019 - 5:02 am

I would like to be an anonymous person but….
Those boys need punishment.
Anyone involved needs punishment.
Jail is preferred.
Anything else, well….

Sheila July 31, 2019 - 5:26 am

I saw Rehtaeh’s story on ID channel tonight. I will keep following it. It is heartbreaking what you have all been through. I will pray that you find some justice for your beautiful Angel.

Roberta Lopez July 31, 2019 - 5:43 am

My heart aches for u so badly. She is an will always be beautiful. I to lost my son to suicide it’s gonna be 10 yrs August 2, he was a week an 1/2 away from his 19th bday. I don’t know exactly why I still speculate till this day. My world has never been the same . It’s terrible that our children feel there’s no other choice or that there’s nothing else to live for. I felt the despair for a long time an I too wanted to end my life even tho I still have 5 more children to live for. I don’t even know how I could make a difference in someone else’s life due to only speculating he did this because of a broken heart idk

Tawanna Henderson July 31, 2019 - 7:42 am

I watched your daughter’s story on Web of Lies. Rehtaeh was a sweet child any parent would be proud to call their own. That’s why I’m in shock on how casual the police handled her case. Because of their slowfullness, your child’s bullying continued to no end for her. Someone should be held accountable and the police force is no exception. I thought justice was blind but in this case the only thing that was blind was their minds. Praying for peace and understanding to you and your family sir. So sorry for the loss of Rehtaeh.

Sean July 31, 2019 - 11:06 am

I just learned about your beautiful daughter and the story of what happened to her. As a father of a 14 year daughter myself, I’m deeply saddened by what took place and my heart goes out to you. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

Erica Anne parker July 31, 2019 - 2:46 pm

I JUST SAW WEB OF LIES ON THE ID CHANNEL TONIGHT. ..AND I WANT TO GIVE YOUR FAMILY MY PRAYERS AND TELL YOU THAT NOW I BELIEVE SHE IS ALL OF YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL..I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AND I KNOW YJAY HE IS REAL.SHE ENTERED THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND I KNOW THAT SHE IS WAITING FOR YOU TO JOIN HER WHEN IT BECOMES YOUR TIME.GOD BLESS YOU ALL..

Jeanne Ross August 3, 2019 - 6:20 pm

I just saw the episode about Rehtaeh on ID. I am in tears over this. I wish I had known her. When I was 15 years old, I went to a party with my “Friend”. Her and her BF set me up with his best friend. There was shots and just being a 15 year old that wanted to be liked and “cool” I drank. I got extremely messed up. The boy I was set up with raped me. I remember crying and saying NO but it didn’t stop. I went back to my friends house to sleep over after this with her and told her what happened. She called me a slut and a liar and swore he would never do that. I had bruises on the insides of my thighs and my entire pelvic area. But she still called me a slut. I left her house that night and walked to a friends house. He put me in his parents car where I slept. I didnt tell him or anyone what happened until I was older. I blamed myself for years. I never spoke to my so called friend again but she did refer to me as slut from then on. This happened in the 80’s before there were cell phones. I cannot imagine going through what she did with the cyberbulling. My heart bleeds for all of you, as a parent now I just cannot imagine what you are going through. I am so very sorry for what happened to Rehtaeh. I wish I had known her 🙁

Taaj August 31, 2019 - 11:20 am

Currently visiting in UK. Just watched web of lies. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Sadness at the miscarriage of justice the complete disregard by the legal system.

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