17 Year Old Girl Commits Suicide After A Video Of Her Allegedly Getting Raped Goes VIRAL! WTF?
Rahtaeh was raped by 4 boys when she was 15 years old and nothing was done about it. One of the boys took pictures of her while it was happening and then distributed them around her school and community, labeling her a slut. When she found out about the pictures, she went to the police.
It had been a couple of days, so they couldn't do a rape kit on her. The police waited a long time to interview the boys and never did anything about the pictures. To the community she was considered a slut. Her case wasn't taken seriously and eventually was dropped.
She was harrassed by people all the time and was made fun of constantly. Rahtaeh and her family moved to try to avoid the embarrasment, shame, and bullying that Rahtaeh was a victim to after her raping, but that wasn't enough. In the end Rahtaeh killed herself. She was 17 years old.
Did the whole rape culture cause her to kill herself? Does this mentality need to change?
Did Rahtaeh bring this on herself? Did she deserve this treatment?
Is seems to me that girls are being raped and then made to feel shameful about it because the people raping them title them a slut. People would rather just see these girls as tramps rather than victims.
Seventeen months ago a Canadian teen was allegedly gang-raped
by four of her peers and the photo evidence of the rape spread across
her community. But unlike the situation that unfolded in Steubenville,
where the victim was at least given the comfort of knowing her
assailants received some measure of punishment (even if the media
took their side), this case ended in tragedy: The victim was taken off
life support by her family on Sunday, three days after attempting to end
her own life.
Seventeen-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons’ suicide was the harrowing end to a
story involving not only sexual assault, but also the issues of
harassment and victim-blaming that are problematic symptoms of rape culture.
According to her mother Leah Parsons’ post on her Facebook, Rehtaeh was
subject to significant bullying from her peers, who labeled her as a
“The [p]erson Rehtaeh once was all changed one dreaded
night in November 2011. 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 didn’t know about the assault until days after it happened,
when Rehteah broke down in the kitchen crying. At that point, it was too
late for a rape kit — which may have contributed to the fact that the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) dropped their investigation after a
year without charges.
But there were other issues with the investigation as well, Parsons told
the Halifax Chronicle Herald: “[t]hey didn’t even interview the boys
until much, much later” and “nothing was done about [the photos] because
they couldn’t prove who had pressed the photo button on the phone.” She
was told that even the distribution of the photos was “not really a
criminal issue,” despite the fact that Rehtaeh was 15 at the time,
meaning the photos constituted child pornography.
While the investigation was ongoing, Rehtaeh struggled with anger and
depression leading to her hospitalization on one occasion. She also
moved to a different city to avoid harassment of her peers, including a
barrage of texts asking “Will you have sex with me?” and telling her
“You’re such a slut.” The Steubenville victim similarly faced harassing
text messages after her identity was revealed by news coverage, including threats resulting in charges against two teens.
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