Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rehtaeh Parsons Society to Address Cyberbullying, Youth Sexual Violence

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rehtaeh Parsons Society to Address Cyberbullying, Youth Sexual Violence

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Parents set up Rehtaeh Parsons Society

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HALIFAX - A new organization has been established by the parents of Rehtaeh Parsons to address the prevalence of cyberbullying, youth sexual violence and the distribution of images among young people.

The Rehtaeh Parsons Society will raise money to provide education, skills and tools to help young people.

Leah Parsons and Glen Canning were on hand Saturday to introduce the new initiative during a community information session held at a church in suburban Halifax.

Parsons told the gathering that it's been an emotional struggle since her daughter's death.

But she said things such as the support she gets from people in the community and the work that will be done by the society help keep her from being consumed by her grief.

"Every time I feel I want to close in and just shut the world off . . . I'll get a message from somebody saying how much Rehtaeh has inspired them to do better," said Parsons.

Parsons and Canning say their 17-year-old daughter was driven to suicide by relentless cyberbullying.

Rehtaeh Parsons was taken off life-support in April 2013 after a suicide attempt.

In an interview, Canning said the society has come about because his daughter's story has such resonance with the public.

He said it will operate on a not-for-profit basis and will be overseen by an eight member board of directors. …

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