Saturday, April 13, 2013


AFTER BEING RAPED AND BULLIED - A 17-year-old Nova Scotia girl died last Sunday more than a year after a "viral" photo of her alleged rape turned her into a social pariah at school. The family of Rehtaeh Parsons blames her suicide on her classmates' relentless bullying. They also blame the police who never prosecuted the four boys who allegedly raped their daughter when she was just 15. Parsons' story has drawn comparisons to the recent rape in Steubenville, Ohio, which created an international outcry because of graphic images that circulated online. 
After four boys allegedly raped Parsons at a house party in November 2011, one of the boys distributed a photo of the assault to "everyone in her school ... where it quickly became viral ... Boys who saw the picture asked her for sex, and other students called her a slut," her mother explained. Authorities confirmed a photo of Parsons "allegedly having sex" with one of the boys was emailed and texted among "friends. 

Parsons fell into a depression, her mother says. She changed schools and was hospitalized at one point for six weeks, The Toronto Star reported. On the night of April 4, she became so distraught that she locked herself in the bathroom and had hanged herself by the time her mother burst in. (Parsons was put on life support and died several days later.) She was reportedly never the same after her assault. "Rehtaeh is gone today because of the four boys that thought that raping a 15-year-old girl was OK and to distribute a photo to ruin her spirit and reputation would be fun," her mother wrote on the Facebok page she created. 
The Nova Scotia Justice Department is reviewing how police handled the case, so it's possible the four boys accused of breaking Parsons down could be prosecuted. It's impossible to know whether a prosecution would have healed Parsons' broken spirit, though.

A Canadian teen hanged herself after everybody at school saw pictures of her rape. "Four boys thought that raping a 15-year-old girl was OK and to distribute a photo to ruin her spirit and reputation would be fun," her mother wrote. In just the last ten days there were two reports of teen girls - Rehtaeh Parsons and  Audrie Pott - who both committed suicide after being raped and when pictures of the sexual assaults were distributed electronically among their peers they became the center of evil and relentless cyberbullying. Teens are very vulnerable emotionally and heartless humiliation from peers is the worst kind of abuse that someone of that age can suffer.

Persons who are attached to sinful activities generally become envious and violent toward other living entities.  Committing violence is a heinous sin.  It is everyone’s duty to give up violence.  Violence toward human beings is the gravest sin. ... There are three kinds of violence: violence toward human beings, violence toward animals, and violence toward demigods. Violence is born from hate. ... There are two types of cruelty, cruelty toward humans and cruelty toward animals.  Cruelty toward men and women causes great disturbances in the world. When people practice cruelty toward one another, compassion leaves the world and irreligiousness in the form of cruelty become prominent. (Caitanya-siksamrta 2/5).

Śrīla Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thākura :
‘Violence Toward the Living Entities’
“Śrī Bhaktivinoda Vānī Vaibhava” - Vol 2. “Abhidheya”
Compiled by Śrīpad Sundarānanda Vidyāvinoda

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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