Parsons’ father fires back at National Post report, says his daughter was raped

Leah Parsons, second from right, mother of Rehtaeh Parsons and her partner Jason Barnes as well as Rehtaeh's father Glen Canning, second from left, and his wife Krista speak to reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. They were on Parliament Hill to discuss the Rehtaeh Parsons case with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. CP

HALIFAX – The father of Rehtaeh Parsons is taking issue with a National Post report that cites weaknesses in the case against boys her family says sexually assaulted her.

In a blog today, he wrote that the Criminal Code states clearly that what happened to his daughter is called rape.

The 17-year-old girl took her own life earlier this month.

Her family alleges she was sexually assaulted by four boys in 2011 and that a digital photograph of the incident was shared around her school.

Citing information from unidentified sources close to the investigation, the Post report says Parsons initially told police she had consensual sex with two of four boys at a party in November 2011.

It says she told police she was sexually assaulted by another.

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The report says in a second statement to police about two weeks later, Parsons said she had told the two boys “No” and tried to get them off her.

Glen Canning says the fact his daughter was intoxicated changes the interpretation of what happened that night in a suburb of Halifax because she couldn’t give consent.

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