Rehtaeh Parsons was a fun, loving, kind-hearted girl from Nova Scotia, who was driven to suicide after she was gang-raped and then horrifyingly bullied by her peers, while a picture of her attack was circulated around her school and community.
As Canadians, this story has grabbed our attention for the past 4 months. It’s shaken many’s faith in our justice system. It was one of the deciding factors that brought me to begin this website.
There is at least one company, though, that apparently still doesn’t get it.
Not just one, but two separate ads for an online dating site “ionechat.com” – which has since been both banned from Facebook and taken down entirely – featured photos of (17-year-old, by the way) Rehtaeh. Extremely unlikely coincidence that they happened to use her photo unaware that it was her, or a disgusting company’s attempt to get page hits and media attention?
As she has had to do too many times in her attempt to seek justice for her daughter, Rehtaeh’s mother wrote a beautifully touching article for Xojane – It Happened To Me: A Company Stole a Picture of My Daughter Rehtaeh Parsons, Who Committed Suicide After Rape, And Used it in a Dating Ad on Facebook. She once again details her daughter’s story, her extreme frustration with the Canadian justice system, with the disgusting way her daughter’s image has been circulated on the Internet, by her peers and now scum adults attempting to make a profit, and how she is able to gain comfort from the fact that Rehtaeh’s story has and will continue to make positive changes around the world.