When Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide in 2013 following endless harassment online, the bullying shifted to her mother.
“I was told I was a horrible mother,” Leah Parsons said while speaking at Sheridan College in Oakville on Thursday night.
Parsons said Rehtaeh was raped by four boys in her Nova Scotia community in November 2011 and publically shamed for it by her peers. A photograph from the night had been captured and shared, showing a boy — giving the camera a thumbs-up — having sex with her daughter, who is throwing up out a window. The picture quickly circulated and led to months of bullying and harassment.