In the days following the death of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons, who attempted to kill herself after an alleged gang-rape by four boys, there have been numerous petitions asking that her case be reopened. But while the hacktivist group Anonymous has stepped in, so has a Canadian Minister of Justice. Anonymous still isn’t pleased with the way Rehtaeh’s case is going though.
Yesterday, Anonymous released a statement asking for “justice,” claiming that they already had two identities of the four alleged rapists confirmed. As of yesterday evening, they say that they are “confident” that they now possess the names of everyone involved in Rehtaeh’s rape:
..it took us only a few hours to identify the boys that assaulted Rehtaeh. This wasn’t some high-tech operation that involved extracting private messages from someone’s Facebook account. Dozens of e-mails were sent to us by kids and adults alike, most of whom had personal relationships with the rapists. Many recalled confessions made by these boys blatantly in public where they detailed the rape of an inebriated 15-year-old girl. Recent statements by police and prosecutors that there simply wasn’t enough evidence to make a single arrest should be viewed solely as an admission of incompetence on their part. This wasn’t “he said, she said.” He said he did it and he said it to everyone while showing them a photo of him doing it. Every officer that signed off on this “no evidence” conclusion should be guarding the entrance to a petting zoo for the remainder of their careers. We’re afraid to ask if anyone even bothered to check the EXIF data on the rape/child pornography being openly shared by hundreds of students throughout your community.
They maintain that they have yet to release the names out of respect for Rehteah’s mother, Leah Parsons:
Yesterday, when only two of the boys’ identities had been confirmed, Anonymous spelled out the following “demands”:
We want the N.S. RCMP to take immediate legal action against the individuals in question. We encourage you to act fast. If we were able to locate these boys within 2 hours, it will not be long before someone else finds them.
We do not approve of vigilante justice as the media claims. That would mean we approve of violent actions against these rapists at the hands of an unruly mob.What we want is justice. And That’s your job. So do it.
The names of the rapists will be kept until it is apparent you have no intention of providing justice to Rehtaeh’s family. Please be aware that there are other groups of Anons also attempting to uncover this information and they may not to wish to wait at all. Better act fast.
Be aware that we will be organizing large demonstrations outside of your headquarters. The rapists will be held accountable for their actions. You will be held accountable for your failure to act.
ABC news reports that Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry is meeting with Rehtaeh’s mother, to “discuss her experience with the justice system.” As previously reported, Leah expressed disappointment with how her daughter’s rape case was investigated. In addition to meeting with Rehtaeh’s mother, Landry is reportedly also reviewing the details of the initial investigation and “consulting with officials.”
But in their new statement, Anonymous asserts that Ross Landry has reversed his decision to investigate Rehtaeh’s assault. They thoroughly cite, although not by name, the many adults who failed Rehtaeh following her attack, from school teachers to administrators to the police and prosecutors to even those who, according to them, are still feigning concern:
All of you have created a mess and instead of taking responsibility and cleaning it up, the first thing you did yesterday morning was get on television and defend your jobs. You have taught the young men in your community a terrible lesson: rape is easy.
Anonymous also asserts that authorities are setting a very poor example for young men:
And just to clear things up once and for all for the young men in Nova Scotia who are unlikely to hear this from any of their role models: vomiting drunk girls are not capable of giving you consent to have sex with them. That kind of sex is called rape. It isn’t really sex at all.
Anonymous signs off their release saying simply, “See you Sunday.” Tick tock.