Teenage rape victim Rehtaeh Parsons commits suicide

Teenage rape victim Rehtaeh Parsons commits suicide

San Francisco : CA : USA | Apr 11, 2013 at 4:55 AM PDT
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Rehtaeh Parsons

17-year-old Canadian girl Rehtaeh Parsons’ family is looking for justice after their poor teenage girl hanged herself owing to months of bullying due to an alleged rape by four teenage boys. Her mother has narrated her daughter’s catastrophic story on a Facebook tribute page, which is getting attention from thousands of people across the globe.

Rehtaeh’s mother explained what happened on the page, "One of those boys took a photo of her being raped and decided it would be fun to distribute the photo to everyone in Rehtaeh's school and community, where it quickly went viral," Parsons wrote. "Because the boys already had a 'slut' story, the victim of the rape Rehtaeh was considered a SLUT."

All the bullying and mockery had left a terrible impact on her personality; she remained depressed and guilty all the time because of which she had to relocate to Halifax. Rehtaeh began to struggle emotionally with depression and anger.

Initially, she remained hospitalized for six weeks because of suicidal thoughts, but returned home after getting slightly better. She was lucky to get a lot of support from her family, especially her mother and a few close friends. They were able to keep Rehtaeh calm for a while, but couldn’t do that for long. On April 4, owing to a sudden outburst, she locked herself in the bathroom and committed suicide.

Rehtaeh Parsons was on life support. Her mother consented that she be taken off it because of her miserable condition. The government found out about the tragedy and tried to intervene. The Canadian minister of justice is actively following the case now and is also looking for answers in the investigation for the alleged rape by four teenagers of the Nova Scotian teen.

Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry said Tuesday that he hoped to meet with Parsons' mother, Leah, to "discuss her experience with the justice system." Landry also guaranteed that authorities will look into the case. He said, "I know that law enforcement and the public prosecution service do their best, every day, to administer and enforce the law." He added, "I am committed to exploring the mechanisms that exist to review the actions of all relevant authorities to ensure the system is always working to the best of its ability, in pursuit of justice."

harry68 is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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