Rape victim's case to be probed
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.