Rehtaeh Parsons was a girl who loved animals, and her family, and her father. Her story is here: http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/09/the-justice-system-failed-her-nova-scotia-teenager-commits-suicide-after-being-raped-bullied-mother/
Rehtaeh’s father wrote a blog post about his daughter here: http://www.cbc.ca/thenational/blog/2013/04/rehtaeh-parsons-was-my-daughter.html
He pleads with the justice minister of Nova Scotia to do something. We, with the rest of Canada, are hoping, praying, and pushing for there to be an investigation into how Rehtaeh’s case was handled, and why no charges were laid. We need to take this further, and ensure that no person who takes a photograph or video of a sexual assault ever goes without punishment; and that no person party to distribution of a photograph or video of sexual assault goes without punishment.
This petition is to request the Government of Canada to put this into law.
We, the undersigned, propose that any individual who takes a photograph or video of a sexual assault automatically, upon being proven guilty, be given a mandatory minimum jail sentence and a fine. We also propose that any individual, whether they took the photograph or video initially or not, who further distributes the photograph or video be served a minimum jail sentence and a fine. This includes distribution through cellular device, email, social media, upload to any website, on paper or any storage device. We propose that this law be known as Rehtaeh’s Law, and hope that it deters criminals and those that enable crime from committing further atrocities, and that it prevents another travesty of justice where criminals are allowed to get away with this further humiliating of victims of sexual assault.