Dexter to discuss new law with Harper in response to Rehtaeh Parsons case


HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s premier says he’ll talk to Stephen Harper this week about changing the criminal code in response to the death of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons.

Darrell Dexter says in a statement today that the topic will be at the top of the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting.

On Friday, the province’s justice minister said he wants to make the circulation of intimate images without consent a criminal act.

Ross Landry said this would apply in cases where the images are distributed for malicious or sexual purposes.

Parsons attempted suicide on April 4 and was taken off life-support three days later.

Her family alleges she was sexually assaulted at a house party by four boys in November 2011 and a photograph of the incident was distributed.

The RCMP said they looked into the allegations but concluded in consultation with Nova Scotia’s prosecution service there were insufficient grounds to lay charges.

They have reopened the case after receiving what they describe as “new and credible” information.

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