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:
âShe went with a friend to anotherâs home. In that home, she was raped by four young boys,â wrote Leah Parsons.
âOne of those boys took a photo of her being raped and decided it would be fun to distribute the photo to everyone in Rehtaehâs 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:
âPeople texted her all the time, saying âWill you have sex with me?ââ she remembered. âGirls texting, saying âYouâre such a slut.ââ
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:
âThey didnât even interview the boys until much, much later. To me, Iâd think youâd get the boys right away, separate them.â
When it came to the photo or photos taken that night, ânothing was done about that because they couldnât prove who had pressed the photo button on the phone,â she said.
She was told that the distribution of the photos is ânot really a criminal issue, itâs more of a community issue,â she said.
âEven though she was 15 at the time, which is child pornography.
âThe whole case was full of things like that. We didnât have a rape kit done because we didnât even know (anything had happened) until several days later when she had a breakdown in my kitchen.
âShe 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.