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Teen girl hangs herself after being gang raped and bullied

By Mason White 5:47 AM April 10, 2013
Rehtaeh Parsons 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A Canadian teen girl committed suicide by hanging after she was allegedly gang raped by four boys and a photo of the assault went viral on the internet, according to police reports in Canada.

The grieving mother said Tuesday that her daughter hanged herself after she never recovered from an alleged rape by the four teenagers who left her deeply depressed and harassed in their community.

Leah Parsons said she took her 17-year-old daughter, Rehtaeh, off life support Sunday after she hung herself last week. She said one boy took a photo of the alleged assault in 2011, and her daughter was subjected to harassment after it went viral.

“Teachers and parents should teach their kids about the harmful effects of bullying. Police are doing more in recent years to combat bullying and more should be done quickly as too many children are being hurt,” Rebbeca Bishop, 19, a bullied teen in Toronto, Canada told after reading about the teen’s suicide.

Parsons is not satisfied that the police concluded that there was no reason to charge the four boys after a yearlong investigation.

A Royal Canadian police spokesperson said the investigation was completed in consultation with prosecutors, saying there was insufficient evidence to proceed with charges. Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry said he has no plans to review the case because he has no reason to doubt the integrity of the police investigation. Landry said he has not yet heard of any formal complaint from Parsons about the police investigation, but added he was open to proceed if he receives a complaint.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view