November 29, 2014 5:45 pm

Rehtaeh Parsons Society to address cyberbullying, youth sexual violence

Rehtaeh Parsons is shown in a handout photo from the Facebook tribute page "Angel Rehtaeh."


HALIFAX – The parents of Rehtaeh Parsons have set up a new organization 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 say the society will operate on a not-for-profit basis and be overseen by a board of directors.

The society also hopes to help qualified non-profit organizations across Canada that have demonstrated progressive treatment and initiatives toward victims.

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.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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