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    Heartbreaking. But it pisses me off too. It's pretty freaking sad that nothing was done about this before this poor girl felt like she needed to take her life. If she was being abused at school, what were they doing about it? If it was online, where were the parents? I don't have kids, but I have plenty of nieces and nephews and if they are under 18 with a Facebook page, my sisters or brothers are monitoring it. And if I saw that my kid was bullying someone, they wouldn't have a Facebook Page or any other privileges for a while. My head wants to explode whenever I read a bullying (and rape) case like this. Who the hell is raising these monsters?



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    Anonymous Threatens to Expose Nova Scotia Girl’s Rapists; Mother Discusses Her Suicide


    This past Sunday, a 17-year-old girl in Nova Scotia named Rehtaeh Parsons died after hanging herself two days earlier. Parsons' mother says her daughter committed suicide because she was raped—and subsequently bullied and ostracized—in 2011. No charges were ever brought against her rapists: The police said the case was a matter of "he said, she said," and the pictures taken did not qualify as child pornography.


    Yesterday, Leah Parsons talked to the CBC radio about how the incident changed Rehtaeh, as well as her daughter's disappointment with the police after she turned to them:

    "She said 'nobody gives, nobody gives, nobody cares.' And it just gave voice to the boys and everyone else who didn't believe she was raped. It validated them, and again, negated her."

    After an outpouring of online outrage, the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), reports that hackers, claiming affiliation with the decentralized hacking group Anonymous, have threatened to disclose the names of the boys involved in the harassment. RCMP Corporal Scott MacRae:

    "Anytime people are going to use social media to identify people that can be a concern for the police and the public. Social media is a form for people to express opinion, good and unfortunately bad. When people are going to use the social media world for harmful or potentially threats or criminal activity, police will certainly have to take a look and investigate. Right now we don't see anything on the social media so we'll have to basically make a determination if that does happen at that time."

    After saying there would not be a review of the case, Justice Minister Ross Landry has changed his position and asked his department to present him with some options for a review. In a statement, he said:

    "It's important that Nova Scotians have faith in the justice system and 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."



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    I'm really digging Anonymous these days. They're probably the sole reason those Stubenville fucks are having to answer for anything.
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    This is a terrible and heartbreaking story. But bullying goes on, even when parents do intervene. I work with a woman who has triplets, and 2 of the kids are bullied all of the time at the school. She has called, or went in, about 35 times on different instances this year alone. The teachers, councelors and principals always make excuses and say they will take care of it, but it never stops. And if she asks what punishment the aggressors are getting, she is told that is none of her business and a privacy issue. Why do the aggressors get privacy, but it is okay to be out and open with the bullying and abuse that still continues after alerting the proper authorities??? Such a fucking joke.....and no one cares until it is their kid getting it done to them.
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    Bullying goes beyond bullying these days. This isn't normal. This isn't picking on someone. This is criminal and serious. Social media has made it impossible for these kids to escape the torture. Not too long ago, a kid could move from a school and start over, not anymore. This shit follows them everywhere.

    There is something seriously wrong with someone who bullies someone over rape. What do these people feel years from now? When they sit back and realize they bullied a person to death?
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    Anonymous Threatens to Expose Nova Scotia Girl’s Rapists; Mother Discusses Her Suicide
    After saying there would not be a review of the case, Justice Minister Ross Landry has changed his position and asked his department to present him with some options for a review. In a statement, he said:
    "It's important that Nova Scotians have faith in the justice system and 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."



    Anonymous Threatens to Expose Nova Scotia Girl's Rapists; Mother Discusses Her Suicide
    Well, obviously the system wasn't working to the best of it's ability, in the pursuit of justice as this poor girl is dead.

    It's too fucking late for her, springs to mind.

    How good of the Justice Minister to start an investigation after the public's disgust got media attention. As for the bullies and perverse shitheads who contacted her, I hope that every single one of them spends their lives knowing that they had a hand in this girl's death and are consumed by guilt. Unfortunately, these are the kinds of people who I'm sure couldn't give a damn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsDark View Post
    I'm really digging Anonymous these days. They're probably the sole reason those Stubenville fucks are having to answer for anything.
    Me too. They're basically doing what I'd like to do if I had those skills--righting horrible wrongs as best as possible. I hope they do out those evil fuckers; I'm including the ringleaders in the bullying, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    Bullying goes beyond bullying these days. This isn't normal. This isn't picking on someone. This is criminal and serious. Social media has made it impossible for these kids to escape the torture. Not too long ago, a kid could move from a school and start over, not anymore. This shit follows them everywhere.

    There is something seriously wrong with someone who bullies someone over rape. What do these people feel years from now? When they sit back and realize they bullied a person to death?
    I know we always say "things were better when I was a kid" but....in these matters...I think it may actually be true. I went to high school in the SF Bay Area, to a smaller school in one of the smaller towns, and there was NOTHING like this. One girl became anorexic (we realized years later it was probably because the creepy choir teacher was having sex with her) but nobody bullied or made fun of her. We were all worried about her and didn't know what to do.

    We had an out gay black male cheerleader--remember this was thirty years ago! He was treated very well; some of the jocks snickered at him, but he actually was quite a mean girl type himself and always had the last laugh as well as lots of friends. There were a couple of kids who always got some degree of teasing and shit (in at least one case I remember, because he DID act like a baby serial killer), and of course the usual teen heartbreaks and secret dramas, but I never witnessed a huge fucking *campaign* of organized cruelty like this story. Was my school just weirdly innocent? Is it really all social media, or have kids gotten worse?

    Maybe I'm wrong....but I just find stories like this literally hard to believe. Not saying it isn't true, just that even as cynical as I am about human nature, this shit that goes on nowadays blows my mind. Did NOBODY defend her?
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    ^ It really is hard to believe, but it seems to be getting worse too. I find the woman on woman hate/bullying/threats especially disturbing, the way these young girls justify the rapists and blame the victim (who could have easily been any of them) and allow/encourage these guys to treat them like objects without respect. It's sad, really sad.

    My heart breaks for this girl's parents. Tragic isn't even a strong enough word.
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    My daughter was three years old when we went to watch Babe: Pig in the City. There's a part in the movie when Babe knocks over a goldfish bowl and the fish falls onto the floor and starts flopping around. When this happened Rae suddenly stood up on her chair in the movie theatre and started screaming for someone to help the fish. She cried for it as I tried to reassure her Babe would help (thank God he did) and that the fish would be alright.
    That was the nature of my daughter Rehtaeh. She was like that her whole life. I couldn't go for a walk in Halifax with her without her asking me for change to give to someone in need. She was always looking out for people or animals that needed help. She called Animal Control Services on our neighbors because they left their dog outside too long. Her room and her life was always full of little creatures.
    Sometimes her heart was too big, sometimes it scared me.
    They say parents need to teach their children. Instead, it was Rehtaeh who was my teacher. My precious gift. She was the absolute best part of my life.
    There's a wooden box in my house that holds all the memories I have of my beautiful little girl. The outfit she wore home from the hospital, a hand print in clay, art, school cards and drawings, mementoes of her life. Even a newspaper dated December 9th, 1995, the day she came into this world.
    I tried to keep it all for her, to have someday when she grew up and had her own family. That day will never come.
    Rehtaeh died April 7th at 11:15 PM. She was 17 years old.
    She died struggling to live, much as she spent the last 18 months. She hung on right to the very end, when the nurses were telling us if she couldn't be declared brain dead soon they couldn't use her as an organ donor. We couldn't wait any longer. She couldn't live any longer. And right at the last moment there was a change in her blood pressure as the last part of her brain gave away. She knew she had to leave. It was time to let go and find peace.
    It was so like her to hang on right up until the very last second. To give us all a chance to hold her hand, wipe her tears away, and kiss her beautiful face for the last time.
    I tried my best to save my daughter's life. I believe that in my heart.
    I asked her repeatedly what I could do, was I doing enough, what did she want from me? She said she just wanted me to be her dad. To make her laugh. To do everything possible to keep a part of her life normal. She said it helped more than I could ever know.
    I prayed for the best while I prepared her for the worst. We went to counseling together. Sometimes I was the drive, sometimes the father, sometimes the counselor.
    The worst nightmare of my life has just begun. I loved my beautiful baby with all my heart. She meant everything to me. I felt her heart beating in my soul from the moment she was born until the moment she died. We were a team. We were best pals. We often sat on my couch and laughed until we could hardly speak. When we weren't together she would call me or text me every single day, just to say hi, to say she loved me. The life I had with my daughter was a rare thing. It was wonderful, it consumed me. I was defined by it. It made my life rich and beautiful.
    She was amazing.
    Yesterday I looked at another wooden box. It will hold her ashes. I hate it.
    I had to write something about this. I don't want her life to defined by a Google search about suicide or death or rape. I want it to be about the giving heart she had. Her smile. Her love of life and the beautiful way in which she lived it.
    I found out this afternoon my daughter saved the life of a young woman with her heart. How fitting.
    She also gave someone a new liver, a kidney, a new breath, and a new chance to love. She saved the lives of four people with her final gift of life. She was that wonderful.
    Someone out there is going to look at the world with my daughter's eyes. The most beautiful eyes
    I have ever seen.
    To the Justice Minister of Nova Scotia

    Rehtaeh Parsons thought the worst outcome for her case would be no charges against the men who raped her but we all know better. The worst thing that could happen would be charges. That they would be found guilty, and that Rehtaeh would sit on a court bench and listen in utter disbelief as they were given parole, or a suspended sentence, or community service. All for completely destroying her life while they laughed.
    Why is it they didn't just think they would get away with it; they knew they would get away with it. They took photos of it. They posted it on their Facebook walls. They emailed it to God knows who. They shared it with the world as if it was a funny animation.
    How is it possible for someone to leave a digital trail like that yet the RCMP don't have evidence of a crime? What were they looking for if photos and bragging weren't enough?
    Why was this treated like a minor incident of bullying rather than a rape? Isn't the production and distribution of child porn a crime in this country? Numerous people were emailed that photo. The police have that information (or at least they told us they did). When someone claims they were raped is it normal to wait months before talking to the accused?
    You have the opportunity here to do something good and lets face it; the court system in Nova Scotia was just going to rape her all over again with indifference to her suffering and the damage this did to her.
    My daughter wasn't bullied to death, she was disappointed to death. Disappointed in people she thought she could trust, her school, and the police.
    She was my daughter, but she was your daughter too.
    For the love of God do something.
    ***I've been contacted from media outlets from all over the world and as a past member of the media I understand why you all want to speak with me. You have all been very courteous, professional, and respectful. Please know, however, this is the only statement I am able to make. I'm too devastated.***
    I feel like I'm dead inside.

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    I'm a therapist, and I currently have 2 girls on my caseload who have depression and anxiety because of bullying at school. They're both gorgeous and smart and sweet. And they both have thoughts of suicide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobelia View Post
    I'm a therapist, and I currently have 2 girls on my caseload who have depression and anxiety because of bullying at school. They're both gorgeous and smart and sweet. And they both have thoughts of suicide.
    That's so sad. It's so hard to see that things will change once you're out of school. It kills me to think these girls are so tormented.

    Looks like there's another case in Nor Cal, similar to this one.

    Teens accused of posting pictures of sexual assault - CNN.com

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