Iconic Children’s Singer Raffi Cavoukian Speaks Up About Rehtaeh Parsons’ Suicide and Rape Culture

Like many of you, I’d imagine, I grew up listening to Raffi Cavoukian, the Egyptian-born Canadian children’s musician singing songs like “Baby Beluga” and “Down By The Bay” — I even have dim memories of going to see him in concert. He’s recently embarked on his first tour in ten years, and now, as both a Canadian and an advocate for children, he’s speaking out about the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons, who hanged herself at 17 after she experienced bullying and social isolation after she was allegedly sexually assaulted and a picture of the assault distributed online — and about rape culture more broadly.

In a series of tweets today, Raffi wrote: