Victim Woke to Find Rapist's Name on Body: Lawyer

Audrie Pott's parents suing alleged attackers

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 16, 2013 6:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Last week, three 16-year-old boys were arrested in the rape of 15-year-old Audrie Pott, who killed herself eight days after the attack. Now, her parents are suing the boys, who are said to have distributed a photo of the attack. "The sexual assault was one thing ... and then to be publicly humiliated and disgraced in front of the whole school student body, that was to much for this young girl to take," says a lawyer for the parents.

"We intend to prove ... that their action not only for the sexual assault, but ... the despicable horrific, traumatic, defaming, and savage actions they did in the next seven days, broke her." The boys reportedly attacked Pott after she she drank alcohol and passed out at a party, reports the AP. (The suit claims the boys removed Audrie's shorts and "digitally penetrated her, and/or penetrated her with a foreign object, and/or sexually abused her.") When she woke up, she found writing on her body: "They wrote 'Blank Was Here' on her leg," says the lawyer, referring to one alleged attacker's name. The boys have been charged with sexual battery and child pornography possession and dissemination.

Larry Pott, father of Audrie Pott, reads a statement as Sheila Pott, left, Audrie's mother, looks on during a news conference Monday, April 15, 2013 in San Jose, Calif.
Larry Pott, father of Audrie Pott, reads a statement as Sheila Pott, left, Audrie's mother, looks on during a news conference Monday, April 15, 2013 in San Jose, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Sheila Pott, right, mother of Audrie Pott who committed suicide after a sexual assault, answers questions during a news conference Monday, April 15, 2013 in San Jose, Calif.
Sheila Pott, right, mother of Audrie Pott who committed suicide after a sexual assault, answers questions during a news conference Monday, April 15, 2013 in San Jose, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A board filled with messages for Audrie Pott, who committed suicide after a sexual assault, is displayed Monday, April 15, 2013 in San Jose, Calif.
A board filled with messages for Audrie Pott, who committed suicide after a sexual assault, is displayed Monday, April 15, 2013 in San Jose, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Audrie Pott. A California sheriff's office arrested three 16-year-old boys on accusations that they sexually battered the 15-year-old girl, who hanged herself eight days later.
Audrie Pott. A California sheriff's office arrested three 16-year-old boys on accusations that they sexually battered the 15-year-old girl, who hanged herself eight days later.   (AP Photo/Family photo provided by attorney Robert Allard)
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She couldn't handle it. And she did the worst thing a parent could ever imagine ... she ended her life. - Pott family attorney Robert Allard

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