Rehtaeh Parsons wanted to share her experience

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By The Canadian Press 
The Nova Scotia teen whose death generated a national debate about internet bullying wanted to go public in the months before she hanged herself last April.

Rehtaeh Parsons wanted to share her experience

But Rehtaeh Parsons' father says he and her mother decided publicity was not the right thing to do.

Glen Canning told a news conference in Montreal Thursday that he was concerned that Rehtaeh would be overwhelmed by the media exposure.

But he said if he had to do the same thing again, he would have opted for the publicity.

Rehtaeh's family says the teenager killed herself after an image of her being sexually assaulted circulated around her school and online.

Her death drew international media attention after her parents went public in the days that followed.

Canning was in Montreal to give a lecture organized by Concordia's Centre for Gender Advocacy and to lend support for better services for sex assault victims at post-secondary institutions.

In August, two teens were charged in the case with child pornography charges.

Organizations: Gender Advocacy

Geographic location: Montreal

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