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Rehtaeh Parsons’ death: NS cabinet minister to oversee response

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

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter has appointed a cabinet minister to oversee the provincial government’s response to the death of Rehtaeh Parsons.

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Dexter says Marilyn More, the minister responsible for the status of women, will work with ministers across four departments and several agencies to assess support services for people who face sexual violence.

He told the legislature he wants a timely response in order to satisfy the public’s concerns about Rehtaeh’s case.

The 17-year-old girl’s family says she killed herself following months of bullying after she was sexually assaulted.

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The legislature will also adjourn early today after all of the parties agreed to allow members to attend a vigil for Rehtaeh planned in Halifax.

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While the local community gathers, Parsons’ story is making an impact across Canada.

Watch the video below as Global Toronto’s News at Noon explores the continuing search for answers and justice:

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