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Bring Justice for Rehtaeh's Family

Trigger warning: this post contains information about sexual assault that may be upsetting to survivors.

"My daughter wasn’t bullied to death, she was disappointed to death. Disappointed in people she thought she could trust, her school, and the police... For the love of God do something." -Glen Canning, Rehtaeh's father

As I'm writing this, 84,347 of you have already done something important. You signed my petition demanding an independent review asking how on earth the police couldn't find the evidence they needed to charge those who raped Rehtaeh and who distributed photos of her rape on Facebook.

Rehtaeh's tragic story of rape and blame is too common. By demanding perpetrators and authorities be held responsible is how we can change this -- how we can change the legal system and culture that allows this to happen.

Please share my petition by forwarding this email to your family and friends and asking them to sign at Change.org/Rehtaeh.

Tell them that the pressure is working.

On Tuesday, Minister Landry told reporters he would not order a review of the investigation. Hours after launching the petition we had a few thousand signatures and Minister Landry backtracked saying he was looking into all the options. By Wednesday afternoon we had nearly 20,000 signatures and Premier Darrell Dexter said "We need to have a broad-based comprehensive review."

I am glad the Minister and Premier have agreed to 'consider options for a review,' but that's not a commitment and the review can't be done by the people who messed it up in the first place.

How many signatures will it take for them to commit to the independent review? Please forward this email and ask your friends and family to sign at Change.org/Rehtaeh.

Thank you,

Sherri Bain,

A friend of the Parsons family

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