“‘Gang-rape victim’, 17, kills herself ‘after her attackers took picture of the assault and sent it to classmates who branded her a slut’” – “Mom: Teen Kills Herself After Rape, Bullying” “Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Halifax Teen Kills Herself After Alleged Rape, Online Bullying.”
Those are just a few headlines that I’m sure you’ve been seeing.
Just a short intro of her story :
Rehtaeh Parsons, had been fifteen years old, when she was raped by four boys, of whom had been her classmates.
You would think that the boys would have gotten charged, but no! Instead, the boys were free to go. The police had concluded that there were no grounds to charge the four boys after a year-long investigation.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Scott MacRae said the investigation “was completed in consultation with prosecutors and that there
was insufficient evidence to proceed with charges.”
Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry had also even said that he had no plans to review the case because he has no reason to doubt the integrity of the police investigation. Landry had said that he has yet to hear of any formal complaint from Parsons about the police investigation, though he added she was open to file one.
You see, much like the Steubenville Rape Case, instead of having the community support her, they had chosen instead, to stand against her.
The alleged attack had left her an outcast at Cole Harbour District High School, when it should have been the boys who were more deserving of such fate.
I may have not gotten the memo, but when had our humanly fundamentals change? How had it been possible for everyone to have stood against a raped victim? When and how had a person chosen to be raped? Instead of shunning out the rapists, the people have shunned the victim instead. Where is the absolute logic in that?!
Our ignorance, and choice to hate, instead of support, this beautiful girl, had left her mother finding her too late, and both her parents to be burying her six foot under, two years later. Did people think that she would be okay after what had happened to her? After the way she had been treated?
Having been raped may not have been the entire cause as to why she felt killing herself was necessary. The bullying and constant hate, I’d personally say, had been the reason for it.
Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry (YES THE VERY SAME ONE!) had recently said that he is asking senior government officials to present options, as soon as possible, to review the Rehtaeh Parsons case.
Landry said in a news release issued Tuesday night :
“This situation is tragic, I am deeply saddened – as I think are all Nova Scotians – by the death of this young woman,”
“As a parent, I can’t imagine the pain this family is going through at this time. My thoughts are with them.”
Why couldn’t this have been said and done when she had been alive instead, dear sir? Does she suddenly matter more because she’s no longer amongst us? Was what she had to go through a joke for you?! She hadn’t been a faceless name! She was a beautiful girl, whom had a bright future ahead of her, if it hadn’t been for what happened.
How many more times do cases like this have to happen before the ones involve would realize the damage that they have created? How many more lives of the innocent needs to be lost before we all start to truly care and prioritize about what’s important and what’s not?
What if she had been my daughter instead?
Rehtaeh Parsons, I’m sorry that we have failed you. Though I promise, justice will prevail. Be it in this life or the next, God willing. May you finally find the peace and eternal bliss, that was taken from you, on the other side. Rest in peace. ❤
Source of information : Dailymail UK, ABC News.