Teen commits suicide after photos of her alleged gang rape go viral
Seventeen months ago, 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons was allegedly gang raped by four teenage schoolmates. On Thursday night, after more than a year of harassment from her peers, she hanged herself in her bathroom. On Sunday, her family took her off life support.
“She went with a friend to another’s home. In that home, she was raped by four young boys. 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. Because the boys already had a “slut” story, the victim of the rape Rehtaeh was considered a slut,” Parsons' mother, Leah, wrote in a statement on Monday.
After the photo went viral, Rehtaeh was ostracized by her classmates and regularly received abusive text messages alluding to the assault, her mother explained in an interview with the Chronicle Herald: