Teen Attempts Suicide After Being Gang Raped By 4 Boys Who Also Thought It Would Be ‘Fun’ To Circulate Pictures Of Her Rape
UPDATE: Anonymous claims to have all four names of Rehtaeh Parsons’ alleged rapists.
About a year and a half ago, 15-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons was gang-raped at a partyÂ by four boys, according to her motherÂ Leah Parsons. But to compound her pain, these little monsters also allegedly took pictures of her being raped and circulated them to her entire school. Just for rapey kicks. Somebody definitely failed to meet goal #1 in raising their sons — that being not raising rapists.
The Chronicle Herald in Canada reports Rehtaeh’s mom as saying:
â€œShe went with a friend to anotherâ€™s home. In that home, she was raped by four young boys,â€ wrote Leah Parsons.
â€œOne of those boys took a photo of her being raped and decided it would be fun to distribute the photo to everyone in Rehtaehâ€™s school and community, where it quickly went viral.â€
Needless to say, Rehtaeh wasn’t exactly going back to school where everyone was giddily passing around photos of her sexual assault (also known as child pornography given that she was underage). Especially when she was receiving messages like this, according to her mom:
â€œPeople texted her all the time, saying â€˜Will you have sex with me?â€™â€ she remembered. â€œGirls texting, saying â€˜Youâ€™re such a slut.â€™â€
Her mother says that her teenager moved to a new town and checked into a hospital to deal with depression and suicidal thoughts (she eventually moved back to her hometown of Dartmouth). All the while, a year-long investigation intoÂ Rehtaeh’s rape concluded “insufficient evidence to lay charges,” saysÂ RCMP spokesman Cpl. Scott MacRae.
Other details regarding the investigation could not be shared reportedly due to privacy laws. But Rehtaeh’s mom isn’t pleased with how the investigation was executed:
â€œThey didnâ€™t even interview the boys until much, much later. To me, Iâ€™d think youâ€™d get the boys right away, separate them.â€
When it came to the photo or photos taken that night, â€œnothing was done about that because they couldnâ€™t prove who had pressed the photo button on the phone,â€ she said.
She was told that the distribution of the photos is â€œnot really a criminal issue, itâ€™s more of a community issue,â€ she said.
â€œEven though she was 15 at the time, which is child pornography.
â€œThe whole case was full of things like that. We didnâ€™t have a rape kit done because we didnâ€™t even know (anything had happened) until several days later when she had a breakdown in my kitchen.
â€œShe was trying to keep it to herself.â€
At 17,Â Rehtaeh was still experiencing “mood swings.” After an “outburst” last week, Rehtaeh locked herself in the bathroom and hung herself. Although she survived, she was ultimately taken off life support by her family.