It’s another impossibly dreadful story of rape and bullying. Some of you might want to just skip the whole godawful thing.
In 2011, Rehtaeh Parsons attended a party where she consumed enough vodka to not remember most of the evening. She recalls throwing up out of a window. Four boys then raped her; one of the boys allegedly yelled, "take a picture, take a picture." According to Rehtaeh’s mother, "That picture began to circulate in her school and community three days later."
The picture prompted a torrent of online bullying as well as verbal abuse at her school. When Rehtaeh confessed the incident to her mother a few days later, they called emergency health services as well the police. After a year of investigations, the police told her it was a case of "he said, she said," without enough evidence to press charges. They told the family that though she was underage, the photographs were not a criminal issue.
I do not understand
why she was raped,
why the men took photos of the act,
why they then distributed evidence of their criminal act,
why she was bullied for being raped,
why the men were not publicly shamed and ostracized,
and why the police could not find grounds for arresting violent criminals.
I simply do not understand.
It might be an inability to comprehend the human race. I’m thinking of joining another species.