Toronto, 11 April, 2013
The Board of Directors of The RINJ Foundation has released the following statement:
The RINJ Foundation is not even slightly satisfied that the Canadian Federal government and the Nova Scotia government is treating the Rehtaeh Parsons case in a manner that satisfies the will of the people of Canada.
Parliament has a role and duty in public policy making to follow the directives of its constituents. Gradually more and more Canadians are becoming appalled at the lack of safety for children and women in Canada.
Unofficially the policy of Canadian law enforcement is “if you don’t want to be raped, don’t dress like a slut”.
The experience of the RINJ Foundation after working on many significant cases indicates the following:
1.) Law enforcement and the courts do not have the necessary statutes nor guidelines for dealing with crimes like those alleged against Rehtaeh Parsons.
2.) Members of the federal and provincial parliaments of Canada are not in the least cyber-sex-crime-aware nor cyber-bullying-aware and require initial and recurrent training.
3.) Unsolved sexual crimes against young persons are the norm inasmuch as the majority of rapes in Canada are unsolved crimes.
4.) Canadian law enforcement is ill-informed and ill-equipped to deal with the growing sub culture comprising young men who are on a mission to drug and rape “LG’s” (little girls) while video-recording the crime and posting the digital recording online.
5.) The Canadian federal government and most of the provincial governments are collectively complicit, by their inaction, in promoting a rape culture in Canada.
For further, contact:
The RINJ Foundation
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The RINJ Foundation is an anti-rape organization that monitors media content; educates social media and other media outlets about the perils of misogyny and rape culture; monitors and reports international law news; monitors and reports on global court proceedings related to sexual assault; promotes a more learned and open discussion of the issues of sexual assault; promotes education for the safety of the person; and seeks a higher adherence to safe community standards. RINJ seeks stiffer penalties for rapists; promotes the creation of a better criminal justice system; and seeks to advance a RAPE-averse social conscience.
According to the CBC:
Nova Scotia’s Justice Minister Ross Landry says he’s considering new laws when it comes to allegations of sexual assault and distribution of child pornography.
Landry initially said his department can’t second-guess every police investigation, but late on Tuesday he said he was giving officials in his department approval to review the case, and present him with options by the end of the week.
Landry met with Parsons on Wednesday.
“I did assure her that I’m going to discuss with my provincial colleagues and my federal partners the issue of the technology of the imaging and the laws around that and what we could be doing different because in this technological age it’s ever-changing and we need to have processes in place and laws in place that address that,” he said.
He deflected criticism of his initial response to the case.
“If changing your mind is doing the right thing, then I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” Landry said. “I’m never entrenched in my points of view.”
A representative from Nova Scotia’s Crown prosecution service reiterated that there are not sufficient grounds for charges in the alleged rape case.
Chris Hansen said two prosecutors reviewed all the files they gave to police last October and concluded there’s not a reasonable chance of conviction on either child pornography or sexual assault charges.
The province’s education minister is also speaking out. Ramona Jennex is asking the Halifax Regional School Board to review its response in the case.
“If there are gaps in the education system that need to be addressed and fixed to ensure more families in the province don’t have to go through the same horrific tragedy as the Parsons family, we will do whatever we can to close those gaps,” said Jennex.