Rehtaeh Parsons' Legacy
April 7 is an incredibly sad anniversary. This year, April 7 marks the 5th anniversary of the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, the young woman who died after being taken off life support following a suicide attempt. We here in Nova Scotia are very much aware of what she endured; the bullying she faced and the way the justice and school systems failed her. It’s fair to say that in Canada at least consent has become a cornerstone of the #MeToo movement in part because of the Rehteah Parson's tragedy. She would have been 22 had she survived.
This week, the morning after we all experienced the thunder, lighting and rain storm, Rehtaeh’s mother, Leah, shared this on Facebook, “Last night's storm corresponded with my emotions as the thunder and lightning raged on for hours. My mind could not be distracted as the replay of April 4th 2018 unfolded. As each hour unfolds my mind goes to "At this time 10:18 pm Rehtaeh walked in the door to our home for the last time." I did not panic. I created art to calm my nervous system. I allowed my mind to go to the places it needed to go. I felt what I needed to feel and most importantly I stayed with my emotions. Emotions want space to breathe! I share this with you in hopes that you too will find room for all emotions. I honour myself and Rehtaeh when I create this space within.”
We had two conversations on Friday that we want to share with you. One was with a man who is able to share his life with his family because of the generosity of Rehtaeh Parsons; the other with Rehtaeh’s Mom, Leah. Please take a moment to listen-in to those conversations and another moment to think about Rehtaeh Parsons and the ways we may all be able to make sure that what happened to her never happens again. –Peter, Melody and JC Douglas