The past 72 hours since April 17, 2014

Are there any right words that can describe what happened almost 72 hours ago?  To use descriptive adjectives, what would they be for me?

Surprise?   Surrealism?   Shocked?   Anger?    Skepticism?  Elation?

All true but in different ways.  Not even imagining that you wake up and go to work and in a heartbeat, your day (and life) once again totally changes.  This is indeed another page in the chapter of the book that is not yet written.   Finding this article that was sent to me via email on Thursday morning was what started the whole snowball effect of Amanda’s Legacy once again.

The Fifth Estate documentary was so true.  Many didn’t believe Amanda’s story about being coerced and sextorted.  The crew of the Fifth believed in it. Filmed it.  And has aired it numerous times.  For that, I thank them dearly.  If you are reading this and haven’t seen it, watch it first by yourself and then rewatch with your family.  It is a piece for lots of discussion.

http://globalnews.ca/news/1278321/amanda-todds-mom-this-is-truly-a-day-that-weve-been-waiting-for/

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I am sure many around the world have read the headlines.  A 35 year old Dutch resident who has been jailed in the Netherlands since January 2014 has been charged there and also here in British Columbia Canada with 5 charges which include: extortion, internet luring, criminal harassment and the possession and distribution of child pornography.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that Amanda’s alleged perpetrator would be found in the Netherlands.

It is also my opinion (and I make that very clear) that I believe that this is only one of many that are responsible for what happened to Amanda.  The international networks that these alleged pedophiles and child pornographers hang out in are not ones of solitudinal confinement.  These perpetrators want to share what they have done with other deviant like minded individuals. This is how they get the attention they thrive for.

It makes me sick that these individuals (they could be men and/or women) can prey on others.  We are also to be reminded that it is not only children and young people that are preyed upon.  This person in the Netherlands has been reported to target older men by pretending to be a young boy and then luring these men to perform sex acts.  This is followed by images being taken and then extortion attempts.  The lessons learned here is that these things don’t only happen to young people, it can happen to adults also.

A debriefing by the RCMP brought the newspaper and media articles to real terms for me.  I was surprised to hear about it in detail.  I was elated to see that charges by BC Crown Counsel had been filed.  It will be interesting to see what happens.  Will this person be brought into Canada for trial?  Will there ever be a trial?

In the media today, it was stated that there have been 10 other Canadian young people who have been identified as victims.  They are now receiving counselling.  But because my daughter Amanda is no longer with us and that she has been, since day one of her death, plastered all over the media, she can be named as one of his victims.  It is my hope that someone can be found guilty and that this is the start to finding out the truths.

I have received many messages of support in the past 72 hours.  They have all been thoughtful messages of caring and support.  I did receive a couple that were distateful.  Yes, the twisted souls are still out there.  They post their words behind false names.

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They are the ones with  twisted minds that get joy out hopefully making others feel bad.  What do they exactly want?  The reader to take it so personally that they might take their own lives.  Is this what would make that person sigh in happiness?   I didn’t put the above screenshots to give them more attention.  I did it to show others what unhealthy people do in their spare time.

I just saw an article that on Thursday, April 17th (and that is how synchronicity works), a person was charged who was uttering death threats to Glen.

http://globalnews.ca/news/1279898/eastern-passage-man-charged-after-complaint-of-online-death-threats/ 

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And what about the IDIOT that has been obsessed with Amanda’s life story and cyber harassing/extorting & slandering me & my loved ones and friends of Amanda’s from overseas? OMG … talk about someone without a life.  Fine lines are drawn.  Fine lines are crossed.  As I said, I guess some people don’t have much anything else to do but write lies and extort in their own ways.

The term ‘bittersweet’ is the perfect descriptive term.  I was attempting to explain to someone how I was feeling on Thursday evening.  The only words that explains it is – ‘feeling like you have been hit with a boulder’ AGAIN. The first boulder being on October 10, 2012.

The past 48 hours have been spent fielding media phone calls.  Before meeting with the RCMP, I was able to answer my phone and messages.  But after the the debriefing and press conference, the day had taken its toll.  It will take me many days to once again re-energize and find my grounding.  It reminded me of back to Oct 2012 when I ignored the media requests.  All I can say is that on Thursday, I had to do what was right for me.

Take the time to listen to the Podcast (link below) of the Roy Green Show for April 19th with me, Barbara Colorroso, David Butt and Roy Green.   http://roygreenshow.com/carol-todd-will-join-me-today/   The show talks about the issues and also preventative measures that can be put in place for added safety.

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Amanda’s Legacy continues to move forward to ensure that awareness, safety and preventions are put into the place for both younger and older people.  When communities, educators, law enforcement, social media and telecommunications groups work together — this is when we will see the biggest changes occur.

Amanda and Rehtaeh are definitely watching us all from above and helping to make the changes happen.

Love always to our beautiful angels ~~

xoxo

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About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health. www.amandatoddlegacy.org
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9 Responses to The past 72 hours since April 17, 2014

  1. Wesley says:

    If you are referring to the person I think you’re rreferring toCarol then I think the word ‘IDIOT’ is a bit of an understatement to put it kindly.

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    • Hamsi says:

      I agree with you, Wesley….on another note, finding the perpetrator who caused so much suffering to Amanda is necessary to bring closure to her loved ones… I hope this process will move along swiftly.

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  2. Karin Knorr says:

    Your daughter Amanda was a beautiful young girl, like Rehtaeh. Both of these wonderful young ladies were taken way too soon before they had a chance to be who they were destined to become. The strength shown by you and Leah Parsons and Glen Canning is the motivating force for so many of us to no longer accept the way our children, our girls have been treated. I am so sorry for your loss. I watched the Fifth Estate documentary a week ago and I felt so much for both what you and Amanda had to go through.

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  3. J says:

    It saddens me deeply we live in a world where people still want to put the blame and guilt on the victim/victims family, instead of the perpetrator. I’m so thrilled to hear that charges have been laid and that, perhaps, justice will be found. But my heart is still heavy knowing the price to which it came.

    Thank you for fighting so hard for what is right.

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  4. niccole says:

    @caroltodd i’m so happy that everyone is one step closer to helping your princess . 🙂 btw do you have anymore videos of amanda signing i love her voice. my dream is also to help h\kids stand up for themselves and believe they can be anything they want to be ❤

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  5. la Punisher says:

    To Clint: That Was A Real Nice Classy Touch
    I agree with your post carol, There really is a lot of walking, talking rotten afterbirth in this world, and you really have to wonder about what these losers parents were all about… No doubt really twisted

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  6. merle48 says:

    “I cannot help but love all of you.” You cannot help it because it is meant to be…it’s a mystery, and a beautiful one…as opposed to the darkness that envelopes some people. It is truly sad that some people say ” things that are uncalled for,” but remember that many of them have their own demons to deal with, and have compassion for them instead of contempt, Do we really need more of the latter?

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  7. Clint says:

    Hi, Carol. I recently found out about Amanda, Rehtaeh, and other young people who left us in heart-breaking ways. I cried and shed tears over them. That there are desperately sick individuals out there who say things that are uncalled for is awful. I want to let you know that even though I have never met any of you guys (and that includes Rehtaeh, her parents, and the other victims we hear about), I cannot help but love all of you. Today I lit a scented candle (vanilla icing) for Amanda and placed a couple of chocolate Easter eggs near it for her. Many blessings to you, yours, and all the families.

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    • Carol Todd says:

      Hi Clint – Thanks for you message. Thank you for lighting a candle and placing the Easter eggs near it. YOu wouldn’t have known this but Vanilla was her favourite candle smell because it reminded her of cupcakes. And chocolate Easter eggs was always a part of family traditions for Easter. Hope you had a good day with your family. Hugz.
      ~ Carol

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