One year ago nearly to the day, a Nova Scotian teen who the country had never met took her own life in reaction to, her parents say, the taunts, jeers and online harassment that followed the online posting of a photograph of the young girl being sexually assaulted.
Her name was Rehtaeh Parsons and her death would go on to significantly impact Canadian society, its culture and laws, and perhaps how the younger generation perceives their behaviour, their responsibilities and themselves.
It is a lofty aim, but one that may not be as far out of reach as some night fear.
Parsons' father, Glen Canning, says there have been changes since Rehtaeh's death. But those changes have been slow.
“In the week following Rehtaeh’s death I was much too devastated to speak, much less able to head out into the fray of cameras and reporters,” Canning said in a blog post this week.
“That changed when I saw the crowds and the support. It was and remains truly overwhelming and it continues to touch our livesRead More »from How Canada has changed in the year since the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons