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This is my cousin Rehtaeh Parsons, the tall, pretty one taking the picture and me in the middle. She recently killed herself due to constant harassment after being raped by 4 guys at a house party. A picture of her being raped was taken and sent around her school in Nova Scotia. Guys started texting her asking her to have sex with them, girls called her a slut and whore and constantly bullied her at school and at home via text/social network. A few weeks after she was raped, she finally got the courage to tell her parents and the police about what had happened. Nothing was done because there was nothing to prove it, not even the picture was good enough. She started to self medicate and self harm.  After years of being bullied by it all and never getting her justice, she finally ended her life by hanging herself. Only after did police seem to do anything about it, only because the media was criticizing them. People are blaming Rae, saying she was flirting with them, wanted a foursome, she was passed out, throwing up and unable to move . I’ve never met a more sweet, caring angel in my life. She saved my life, she loved animals, she would go out on to the road after a rain storm and pick up the worms off the road so they wouldn’t die. So next time you think someone or call someone a slut, think first. You don’t know what they’ve been through. Do something nice for them, maybe you could make their day or save their life. Help raise awareness to the corrupt justice system and rape culture. This has been going on far too long. Next time you see someone being put down for any reason, speak up, its time for society to become stronger and a family that looks out for each other.

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