Man implicated in Rehtaeh Parsons sexual assault spared jail
A judge in Nova Scotia has decided that there will be no jail term for one of the four boys implicated in the fatal gang-rape and online shaming of Rehtaeh Parsons.
Parsons, 17, attempted suicide in early 2013 after the attack and online shaming that followed. She died after being taken off life-support.
The young man, whose name is under a publication ban, posted a photo of the savage act online for all the world to see. According to VICE, the man “texted a photo that showed him penetrating a 15-year-old girl and flashing a thumbs-up while she vomited.”
The courts reduced to that of “child pornography.” The young “pleaded guilty in November to distributing a sexually graphic image of Parsons.”
During a sentencing hearing Thursday, Judge Gregory Lenehan reportedly said the assault “was a vile crime, the consequences were tragic.” The sentence:12 months probation. Plus counselling because the assault “may be weighing on you more than you realize.”
You call that justice?
As I blogged earlier: “It’s time for Canada to look itself in the mirror and engage real soul-searching. This sexist war on Canadian women cannot be allowed to continue for another day.”
Around the Web:
- No Jail for the Man Who Texted Photo of Himself Penetrating Rehtaeh Parsons as She Vomited – VICE.com
- Second man in Rehtaeh Parsons case sentenced to probation, counselling – Toronto Star