27 03, 2014

Standing Up and Losing Faith

2014-03-27T20:04:18+00:00March 27th, 2014|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , |

*The names in this story have been changed. [su_dropcap size=”3″]I[/su_dropcap]t sounds familiar — the anger, the sorrow, the pain, and the confusion. How could doing the right thing leave you feeling so let down? So disappointed? Anne’s story hits close to home. Another young victim forever changed. She tells me that she “feels like she’s […]

23 01, 2014

Woman Calls Childhood Rapist

2014-01-23T18:16:59+00:00January 23rd, 2014|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , |

A California woman has posted a YouTube video of a confrontation with a woman she says sexually abused her nearly 16 years ago. “Why did you do that,” Jamie Carrillo, 28, of Victorville, asked her alleged abuser during a secretly recorded phone conversation. “I was only 12 years old when I met you. Do you […]

10 01, 2014

“Stop Hating Online” TV Ad

2014-01-10T14:00:48+00:00January 10th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to speak to hundreds students at Fairview Junior High School in Halifax. I was invited by Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay to help introduce the new national campaign that emphasizes the legal consequences of cyberbullying. The campaign is called Stop Hating Online and it outlines what constitutes cyberbullying and […]

21 11, 2013

The Right Legislation at the Right Time

2013-11-21T15:25:09+00:00November 21st, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

It was hard for us to believe. The sharing of a humiliating image of our daughter Rehtaeh, taken without her knowledge, was not a police matter. We were told it was a community issue, not a legal one. A ‘community issue’ is lingo for there’s nothing you can do about it and/or it’s to big […]

15 11, 2013

Canadian Arrests Underscore Importance of Reporting to Cybertip.ca

2013-11-15T13:08:30+00:00November 15th, 2013|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

I am very proud to know many of the people working tirelessly at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and honoured that to call them friends. [box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” ]TORONTO – At least 386 children have been rescued from sexual exploitation and hundreds of suspects arrested in a sweeping child pornography investigation that began with […]

26 10, 2013

Project Blame

2013-10-26T12:39:19+00:00October 26th, 2013|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , |

Project Blame was created to expose the victim blaming culture that permeates within law enforcement agencies. It is in the spirit of Project Unbreakable: http://projectunbreakable.tumblr.com/. We are seeking images from sexual assault victims (either showing your face or not), who reported their assaults to the police, holding a sign that states in a sentence or […]

9 10, 2013

The Centre for Gender Advocacy – Concordia

2013-10-09T13:10:53+00:00October 9th, 2013|Categories: Rehtaeh Parsons, Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , |

Last Thursday I had the pleasure to speak at Concordia University about the issues surrounding Rehtaeh’s life and death. I was asked to come as a keynote speaker by the Centre for Gender Advocacy as part of a larger event series: Another Word for Gender: an intro to feminist organizing & action. These are some […]

28 09, 2013

Bullying: when schools are the bystander

2013-09-28T12:52:51+00:00September 28th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu Rita-Clare LeBlanc had reached the darkest moment of her young life. The months of bullying at her high school had taken a toll and she decided to end her life and become yet another statistic of […]

6 09, 2013

Rape Culture? What Rape Culture?

2013-09-06T20:32:58+00:00September 6th, 2013|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , |

If a homosexual man were the victim of a hate crime, would national media outlets concentrate on what he was wearing or what he was doing to have brought on the attack? Thankfully, no. Yet, the discussion inevitably shifts to what a woman was wearing or how she was acting when she accuses someone of […]

21 08, 2013

The Dr. Phil Tweet

2013-08-21T12:53:40+00:00August 21st, 2013|Categories: Rehtaeh Parsons, Sexual Assault|Tags: , , |

A Tweet made by Dr. Phil this morning has resulted in a lot of grief for the TV host. The Tweet is simple and asks: “If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil.” Salon called the Tweet “vile.” The Globe and Mail asks if […]

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