Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A failure of justice

The heartbreaking story of Rehtaeh Parsons, who killed herself in the aftermath of a gang rape points to a justice system that completely failed her.

There are other culprits as well, most obviously the rapists. Her ordeal was compounded by deplorable people in her community who rather than offer support, taunted her through social media.

But when someone sends around pictures of a 15 year old being raped, it is distribution of child pornography and there should have been prosecutions.

We need tougher sentencing for sexual assault in this country and police who prosecute violent felons instead of concentrating on those who give cultural offense.

More on this here and here

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