Rehtaeh Parsons was a 17 year old Canadian girl in Nova Scotia who committed suicide last week after being gang raped in 2011, and then being harrassed and bullied ever since. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police conducted an investigation lasting almost a year, and then declined to press any charges, citing a lack of evidence.
The internet “hacktavist” group known as Anonymous (of which I am generally not a fan), says they were able to solve the crime in about two hours:
Scary and unpredictable hackers though they are, they didn’t delve into anyone’s Facebook or email accounts to figure out who the rapists are. People close to the individuals in the case flooded Anonymous accounts with testimony.
Anonymous deduced that the primary rapist in the case shouldn’t be all that hard to catch, since he bragged about the crime and took a picture of himself doing it.
You can read the statement from Anonymous here (or watch the video below), but here are some of their best reasons the case should be re-opened (and can be solved):
Witness testimony – If nothing else, it seems that dozens of teens and adults heard the rapists at least brag about taking part in the Rehtaeh Parsons gang rape.
EXIF data – since a photo of Rehtaeh’s rape was reportedly circulated among hundreds of students, Anonymous wonders if authorities even bothered to check.
The school did nothing – they said they didn’t know, but if child pornography is going viral in your hallways, shouldn’t you know?
Below is the video from Anonymous.
Who failed Rehtaeh Parsons?
Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Halifax Teen Kills Herself After Alleged Rape, Online Bullying
Nova Scotia bully case: Province criticized for inaction after teen’s suicide
Angel Rehtaeh (A Facebook memorial page)