Anonymous Says They Are Sitting On All 4 Names Of Rehtaeh Parsons’s Alleged Rapists, Are Waiting For Justice To Show Up

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rehtaehparsonsanonIn 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: 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.

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  2. BR

    April 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    My gut instinct– expose them. Let them explain themselves. Then let the mob loose on them.

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  4. michelle pittman

    April 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    apparently kids need to start being taught what is and isn’t rape and what is and isn’t acceptable behavior in school since it appears NONE of them are getting this at home…what is WRONG with people?!?!?!?!?!? i mean…seriously…this poor girl was bullied to DEATH…they took EVERYTHING from her…and 15 year old Amanda Todd who committed suicide…she moved to THREE different schools and the social trolls followed her…

    • BD Wong

      April 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      I am almost forty but I remember high school like it was yesterday. I went to a gifted and talented high school in New York City that started in 7th grade. Boys made rape jokes and thought they were funny. Everyone laughed, some people because they were scared of being outcasts if they said anything. Not saying that making a joke and performing the action are equal– not at all, but to answer your question– that’s what is wrong with people. Scared to speak up in high school because of getting labeled and treated badly.

    • DaylightAmy

      July 27, 2014 at 8:23 am

      You should see these boys on the Dr Phil shows… the parents are LITERALLY saying “Well she was drunk, they were drunk, they were all drunk, so why isn’t SHE a rapist, you know?!”… someone please rid society of that gene pool. Please. That is where the kids get it. The parents don’t seem to remember the difference between being a decent human and just existing.

  5. Maggie

    April 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I have to be honest here: I live in New Brunswick, the neighboring province to Nova Scotia and about a 3-hour drive from Halifax, and if I knew who and where these boys are, I would be sorely tempted to hop in my car and go find them. Everything about this case is heartbreaking and infuriating, and at this point there’s nothing I’d like more than to dole out some old-school vigilante justice.

    • DaylightAmy

      July 27, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Thank you. So you should. I would, too.

      Just let them know what it’s like to be shamed by the whole world, the way she felt when she took her own life.

  6. Makabit

    April 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I understand the instinct here, but I am not keen on Anonymous or their tactics. They’re unaccountable by virtue of their anonymity, and their newfound interest in rape cases does not make me trust them or find them moral.

    If I wouldn’t willingly give certain powers to invade privacy and shut down websites to the government I elect, why should I feel happy about it being seized by a bunch of random people who promise to just use it for stuff they think is really cool, or they’re mad about? What possible reason do I have to trust their judgement, or the information they choose to give me?

    • dave

      April 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Normally I totally agree. But if the Justice System fails to act, we’re going to need Plan B. And frankly I have zero faith they will act in a meaningful way. Hope I’m wrong.

    • spottedgiraffe

      April 11, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      I don’t like them at all. They’re dangerous. I understand they’re trying to help but they’ve given out addresses before of completely innocent people before. I remember one case, maybe it was Amanda Todd, they exposed a guy’s address. Turns out the guy didn’t live there at all. An elderly couple did and they were swamped with people coming to their house. They didn’t even apologize they just simply took the address down as if that made stuff better.

    • Sundaydrive00

      April 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

      I believe that was George Zimmerman’s address that was wrongly posted.

    • Miranda

      April 14, 2013 at 3:27 am

      How is Anonymous any more “dangerous” than any other person? It isn’t as if they’ve got special all-access codes to people’s information. They look for it, and they find it. If this girl had a single angry friend with the same capability of the average member of Anonymous, her alleged rapists would be in just as much danger as they are right now from Anonymous.

    • meteor_echo

      April 12, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Because our so-called “justice system” does not give a single fuck about women. If the law itself didn’t protect this girl, it’s time for somebody else to punish her rapists -and I would’ve done it gladly if I lived in Nova Scotia.

    • vititi

      April 12, 2013 at 1:59 am

      What if you ‘punished’ the wrong people?

    • meteor_echo

      April 12, 2013 at 2:31 am

      Which is why a lot of research needs to be done. I would want to find the right people before turning their lives into hell, you know.

    • Jen

      April 12, 2013 at 9:06 am

      I don’t think the issue is with “anonymous” itself it’s that there are so many “branches” and that not all of them adhere to the same “standards” as mentioned above. So you might be dealing with a more zealous group in Ohio as with Steubenville or a more thoughtful group as it appears is in Nova Scotia who realize that just releasing information could be harmful.

    • Makabit

      April 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Anonymous has done things like steal credit card information from subscribers to companies they don’t like.They’re not accountable, and if they fuck up, they still won’t be accountable. I do not buy them as some sort of noble protector of women, and I certainly am not willing to give credence to a bunch of people in masks as the voice of justice.

    • meteor_echo

      April 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      I do not buy the police as the protectors of women either. The reason why I didn’t report my own rape (which was a similar situation) was because they’d simply rape me again – psychologically this time. I’d rather turn to people who are willing to do at least something when it comes to rapists and victims of rape, thank you very much.

    • DaylightAmy

      July 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

      You have no reason to trust anyone with a political agenda… pretty much rule number one of the human race. Look into history… that is the one thing I learned from my history BA degree is mankind’s ugly, especially politicians. So whatever outweighs that and isn’t the majority/main power is usually a good thing, it keeps the checks balanced, it ensures nobody has absolute power.

  7. Ashley

    April 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Is there a reason you keep calling it an “attempted” suicide? Just because there was medical intervention that delayed the inevitable doesn’t mean her life wasn’t taken by suicide.

    • Ordinaryperson

      April 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      I’m thinking probably to note that her parents feel that she probably didn’t actually want to take her own life, she simply was caught in a moment of anger and confusion and made a bad choice to act on impulse.

    • Koa Beck

      April 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Technically she was taken off life support by her family.

    • Ashley

      April 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Right…but the reason machines were keeping her alive is because she had already killed herself. It seems unfair to put her death on her family for making the decision to let her go. Anyway, just my thoughts. In the big picture of this horrendous case, it isn’t that important.

    • Ordo Ad Khao

      August 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Unfair and reality sometimes don’t play nice together. She was unsuccessful at committing suicide, hence attempted. She died when she was taken off life support.

    • DaylightAmy

      July 27, 2014 at 8:26 am

      She undertook a action presuming it would kill here then and there, but it only wounded her, so it failed. However, the wound was so bad she ended up losing her life due to a medical decision. If someone jumps in front of a train, only loses their leg, and dies 10 years later from crossing the street too slowly with their prosthetic leg, that doesn’t make it delayed suicide…

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  9. copy

    April 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Why does this site keep saying Rehteah “attempted” to kill herself? She didn’t attempt it – she did it.

    • Katia

      April 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      her family had to take her off of life support so I assume she effectively almost killed herself rendering herself brain dead or what not

    • DaylightAmy

      July 27, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Actually she did attempt it… and failed… and ended up on life support… you kinda have to watch it when you correct details like that, they are sad and gruesome enough as they are…

  10. Dave

    April 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Excuse my dripping sarcasm here… In the good old days after raping a girl, those who wanted to be sure of silencing the victim, had one option – murder. However murder often proved to be messy and frankly a bit awkward. And it had its own complicated legal side effects.
    Fortunately – like in so many other areas of modern life – technology has delivered an elegant answer. The problem can be solved easily; no muss; no fuss.
    You simply use the internet to get the victim to kill herself. Absolutely brilliant. Now it’s just a shrug of the shoulders… who knows? A dead woman’s word against a young boy. No obvious crime committed. Little chance of incrimination there and certainly no chance of conviction. Far too much work for the lazy-ass justice system to even be bothered trying to sort that out.
    And the beat goes on.
    I am so f*ing disgusted by this I could not initially listen to the reports without turning the TV off. I’m disgusted by the behaviour of the boys and just as disgusted by the utterly useless Justice minister in the province.
    I truly hope Anonymous acts if the RCMP does not act (and I mean very firmly).
    What has this world come too????

    • BR

      April 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Do you really think that they were thinking to get her to kill herself? It wasn’t just mean taunting? They had a goal in mind? If they did, it wasn’t just to pick on her more?

    • Tinyfaeri

      April 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Oh yeah, cuz that makes it aaaaaaall better.

    • Jen

      April 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Given the very visible reports of suicide and suicide attempts as well as “you should just effing kill yourself” texts/tweets and FB posts. I don’t know that it’s a stretch to say that they just “wanted her to go away”. Whether that means suicide or not. Kids aren’t stupid it’s clear that past stories like this have lead to suicide yet they still use that language. I work with teenagers and trust me they know that its possible…they just don’t care.

  11. Emmali Lucia

    April 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    In ancient Rome rapists would have their balls smashed between two rocks.

    Why can’t we bring that punishment back? I’m sure that’d keep quite a few guys from raping.

  12. Jim Bros

    April 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I could NOT believe my ears and my eyes when CBC Vancouver producer Desiree Adib spoke about this case with a SMILE on national TV, saying that all the aspects of this incident made it a SEXY case for US media and media outlets in general. Ms. Adib, you’re an insensitive bitch and I cannot believe my taxes are paying for your salary. Desiree Adib you should go buy a heart since you obviously never got one at birth! IDIOT!

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  14. Spencer

    April 12, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Those boys lucky there not in edmonton.. We get em taken care of my word shit go click and I ain’t talkin about seat belts, my heart goes out to the family and the loss of their beautiful daughter no person has the right to put another through that we all people.. “A woman brought you into this world so you have no right to disrespect one” – Tupac Shakur, I’m pro anonymous and I hope they release those involved info or send it to me at least shit ill hop on a plane.

    • BR

      April 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

      THey took their names down

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  16. i4i

    April 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Hell yea i agree theres no excuse for that watsoever they should dropp them off in the middle of a rival neighborhood and let there enemies take care of it

  17. Kibby

    April 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you, Anonymous.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  19. sandeep

    April 17, 2013 at 2:21 am

    not afraid of anonymous people without power, will look for some, and when they find it desperately cling to it…

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  23. DaylightAmy

    July 27, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Where has this gone? Where is the justice? Where are the names. PLEASE Anonymous, don’t fail to be the hero here. Justice failed Rehtaeh, ignorance is failing her too now – so few women realize that stuff like this happens more and more often. Mothers of daughters, fathers of sons… people should be TERRIFIED by this story. We NEED to see that this kind of act is ANSWERED!

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