One Year Later: What justice for Rehtaeh Parsons?
I did a bit of a spot on my own blog about this. Figure I’ll reblog this so people who happen to be following there, can get this story as an update.
A year ago in Halifax, a 17-year-old child strung herself from a bathroom doorknob, having been discharged from Halifax’s IWK Children’s Mental Heath Unit after being strip searched on suicide watch. That final indignity had been Rehtaeh Parsons’ last encounter with the Maze. Before that, a rudderless education administration had negligently handled her guidance record across three schools, and 16 months earlier an over-clocked justice staff had privately set her plainly photographed sexual assault aside to address more likely convictions. Full stop.
In a nutshell, for the last year, that is the unvarnished maypole that virtually every authority in Nova Scotia and Ottawa have been dancing around. As a series of show reviews slowly make their way through the civil and administrative ranks — honourable members on all sides of both houses table ineptly advised cyber law reforms, rather than their own resignations as the ministers and deputies responsible on the files.
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