Liberals to back MP’s bid to study violent, sexual online material | Ottawa Citizen

MPs on the Commons health committee may soon find themselves poking around some of the darkest and most disturbing corners of the Internet.

The government has announced it intends to back Conservative MP Arnold Viersen’s bid to have the committee “examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men,” and report its findings back to the House next year.

The motion made its Commons debut on Monday morning.

via Liberals to back MP’s bid to study violent, sexual online material | Ottawa Citizen

Liberals to back MP’s bid to study violent, sexual online material – Ottawa Citizen

MPs on the Commons health committee may soon find themselves poking around some of the darkest and most disturbing corners of the Internet.

The government has announced it intends to back Conservative MP Arnold Viersen’s bid to have the committee “examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men,” and report its findings back to the House next year.

The motion made its Commons debut on Monday morning.

via Liberals to back MP’s bid to study violent, sexual online material | Ottawa Citizen

Teen’s suicide prompts calls for changes to child sexual exploitation law – Edmonton – CBC News

The province has accepted new recommendations from a report on sexual exploitation and youth suicide, while the advocate who wrote it claims the Alberta government has been too slow to act.

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate of Alberta released findings Tuesday of its investigation into the death of 17-year-old Onessa, whose name was changed to protect her family’s identity.

The teenager died by suicide, five months after child intervention services ended involvement with her.

via Teen’s suicide prompts calls for changes to child sexual exploitation law – Edmonton – CBC News

‘I was told I was a horrible mother’: Leah Parsons on being bullied after daughter Rehtaeh’s death | Toronto Star

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.

via ‘I was told I was a horrible mother’: Leah Parsons on being bullied after daughter Rehtaeh’s death | Toronto Star

Audrie & Daisy: Stop the Shame of Sextortion and Sexual Assault – thorn

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Last month, the documentary Audrie & Daisy arrived on Netflix. It tells the story of the sexual assault of two teenage girls, Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman. While each girl has a unique story, they share a common experience in the stigma, shame, and harassment they receive in response to their assault and the role technology plays in each of their stories.

via Audrie & Daisy: Stop the Shame of Sextortion and Sexual Assault – thorn

MPs hear from mothers of Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd

The House of Commons Standing committee on the Status of Women heard emotional testimony from the mothers of cyberbullying victims Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons Monday evening as it continues to study violence against young women and girls in Canada.

The two women recounted the personal toll of their daughters’ ordeals as the targets of cyberbulling, which makes old-fashioned playground bullying look like child’s play.

via MPs hear from mothers of Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd