I beg your pardon… I want to talk about Rentaeh Parsons for a moment.
When your daughter tells you she’s been raped, that’s no laughing matter. A non-parent might think, “The girl may or may not be telling the truth”, but a loving parent — a caring parent actively involved and invested in his/her daughter — chooses to believe.
Rentaeh Parsons was 17 when she died last week (April 7th). Rentaeh was “allegedly raped” (according to police) when she was 15 and was frequently cyber-bullied since then. The media has reported that she killed herself.
Her father, Glen Canning, wrote a post on Wednesday that’s appearing in many news outlets today. It’s moving, and, as a father of two, maybe three daughters, it’s at my front door.
I cheered when Anonymous let the world know that they’d uncovered the “alleged” rapists in under two hours. Rentaeh’s mom asked the would-be vigilantes to stand down and Anonymous consented not to release any names.
I cheered when I read that Prime Minister Harper is doing something about Rentaeh that will hopefully set the standard for all similar instances in the future.
Sherri B. from Halifax, NS, has created an online petition called “ Justice for Rehtaeh: Demand an independent inquiry into the police investigation…” which is addressed to NS Justice Minister Ross Landry. Please consider signing it.
Fathers – believe your daughters. Cherish them as long as you live.