17-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Rape
Rehtaeh Parson, a 17-year-old Canadian girl, died on Sunday after attempting to hang herself last week. Parson's parents say the young girl had been deeply depressed since an alleged gang rape in November 2011. Her mother wrote on Facebook that the four boys involved had distributed a picture of the rape, which haunted her even after the family moved. “Rehtaeh is gone today because of the four boys that thought that raping a 15-year-old girl was okay, and [distributing] a photo to ruin her spirit and reputation would be fun,” Leah Parsons wrote. The young girl’s death has sparked outrage on social media, with commenters demanding answers. An initial yearlong criminal investigation into the attack concluded “there was insufficient evidence to lay charges,” but according to police, they will now be investigating her death.