In response to Parsons' suicide, Nova Scotia enacted a law in August allowing victims to seek protection from cyberbullying and to sue the perpetrator. In November , Rehtaeh Parsons, then 15, allegedly went with a friend to a home in which she was reportedly raped by four teenage boys. Parsons had little memory of the event, except that, at one point, she vomited while a boy was allegedly raping her. The incident was photographed and the photo became widespread in Parsons' school and town in three days. Afterwards, many in school called Parsons a " slut " and she received text messages and Facebook messages from people requesting to have sex with her. The alleged rape went unreported for several days until Parsons broke down and told her family, who contacted an emergency health team and the police.
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This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Update: In January , The Canadian Press confirmed the charge in relation to the above incident was dismissed against David Katabarwa in March Meanwhile, Saskatchewan-based Ordinary Seaman David Katabarwa has been charged in connection with an incident that allegedly happened at Canadian Force Base Halifax in March and involved another member of the Forces. Both cases are proceeding through the civilian justice system, after a bombshell Court Martial Appeals Court ruling in a sexual assault case that found the military justice system is unconstitutional.
KJIPUKTUK Halifax — Recent articles examining the prevalence of sexual assault cases in Canada that have been dismissed as unfounded have led to more scrutiny of how these types of crimes are handled by the criminal justice system in Nova Scotia. MacNeil stresses that it is important to understand clearly what it really means when a case is cleared as unfounded. According to the Uniform Crime Reporting Index , a case is cleared as unfounded after officers conduct an investigation and determine that a criminal offence did not actually occur. MacNeil says that he plans on sharing the findings of the internal audit with the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre in order to bring them up to date with their findings and ask for feedback.
A former Halifax taxi driver is appealing his conviction for sexual assault, and he's applied for bail pending the outcome of the case. Al-Rawi, 44, was sentenced Dec. Justice Gerald Moir also ordered him to register as a sex offender for 20 years after he gets out prison, imposed a year firearms prohibition and compelled him to provide a DNA sample for a national databank. In a notice of appeal filed in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal on Wednesday by lawyer Ian Hutchison, Al-Rawi claims the judge made several errors in assessing the evidence at trial. He is asking the Appeal Court to set aside his conviction and replace it with a verdict of acquittal or order a new trial.