GRANT McKENZIE: When common sense fails

I’ve never been a fan of creating more laws — especially when common sense should make it unnecessary.

I’ve never been a fan of creating more laws — especially when common sense should make it unnecessary. However, common sense seems to be a far rarer commodity than I give it credit for.

In the wake of another very disturbing teenage suicide, the government of Nova Scotia is championing a new “cyberbullying” law that would criminalize the distribution of “intimate images” without consent.

You may recall that 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons recently hanged herself after allegedly being gang raped by four boys and having images of the assault broadcast throughout her peer network.

It’s difficult to imagine that anyone would think the distribution of humiliating sexual images of a vulnerable teenager was even remotely legal in the first place; and to think that it was a fun thing to do and talk about at school, is even more revolting.

That these same alleged perpetrators are even now trying to blame the victim through a series of rallies and “Support the Boys” posters distributed throughout the maritime town — including along the victim’s street — sickens me.

Although we can’t make it illegal to be a malicious asshole (although we can hope he/she gets his/her comeuppance), the Internet has made it so that the distribution of photos and bullying taunts is far reaching, powerfully damaging and everlasting.

A new law isn’t the complete answer (that comes through education, including what sexual consent is), but it’s clearly something we need. M

Just Posted

Jazz bargains available for music lovers this month

Left Coast Jazz Fest offers four-show package deal, extends discount for TD JazzFest ticket holders

WINE NOTES: Wild about the whites

Plenty of reason to try out these affordable whites, writes Monday wine columnist Robert Moyes

Animal-loving comic Carla Collins performing fundraiser show for SPCA

Sellout show June 20 could raise up to $35,000 for Victoria branch of organization

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Getting funky in Fernwood

Eclectic neighbourhood draws many visitors, laid-back feel popular with residents

Victoria band celebrating the music of Tom Waits

The Beautiful Maladies take the stage at the Roxy Theatre, Duncan Showroom this week

VIDEO: Ukranian dancers showcase their moves for Victoria audience

Year-end showcase an opportunity to catch a colourful, cultural event

Rick Mercer-led comedy team in for second Just for Laughs show at UVic

Comedy company will stage two shows Nov. 16 at Farquhar Auditorium

Trade expo a key part of 2019 BC Seafood Festival

Comox Valley hosts celebration of seafood industry; numerous events on tap this weekend

Samoa bans Elton John biopic, Rocketman

Depictions of homosexuality, contrary to law, cause country’s censor to prevent film’s screening

REVIEW: If you like farce, you’ll love Noises Off at Langham Court!

By Sheila Martindale The nine cast members in Langham Court Theatre’s new… Continue reading

Celtic songs tuned up for Sooke coffeehouse

Celtic Reflections to perfrom on June 15

Most Read