Share This Page

Rape victim's case to be probed

| Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:45 p.m.

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Canada is looking further into the case of a teenage girl who hanged herself over an alleged rape and months of bullying. A photo said to be of the assault was shared online, and no charges were filed against four teenage boys being investigated.

The death of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons on Sunday has provoked an outcry across North America, and Nova Scotia's justice minister said on Thursday he has appointed four government departments to look into her case.

The government is under criticism because Justice Minister Ross Landry initially ruled out the possibility of reviewing how the Royal Canadian Mounted Police handled allegations that Parsons was sexually assaulted in November 2011.

Police concluded there were no grounds to charge the four teenage boys after a yearlong investigation.

Landry later changed course, saying he has asked senior officials for options to review how the Mounties and the Public Prosecution Service concluded they could not file charges.

A group reported to be the cyberactivist hackers Anonymous said it would avenge the teen's death.

In a public statement released online, the group criticized officials involved in the investigation of the alleged rape and bullying, and said it was in the process of confirming the identities of the accused rapists.

“Our demands are simple: We want the (Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police) to take immediate legal action against the individuals in question. We encourage you to act fast. If we were able to locate these boys within 2 hours, it will not be long before someone else finds them,” the statement said.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.