2 Teens Charged in Case of Girl Who Hanged Herself
Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide after photo of alleged assault was circulated
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2013 10:12 AM CDT
In this file photo, a woman holds a photo of Rehtaeh Parsons at a vigil in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)

(Newser) – It took nearly two years, but charges have been filed in Canada in the high-profile case of a teenage girl who hanged herself after an alleged sexual assault and subsequent cyberbullying. Police in Nova Scotia arrested two 18-year-old males on child pornography charges, reports CNN. The family of Rehtaeh Parsons says the then-15-year-old went to a booze-filled party in Halifax in November 2011 and was sexually assaulted by four teen boys. One took a photo, and the image soon was in wide circulation at Rehtaeh's school. She hanged herself this April.

The local police chief says no sexual assault charges were filed because "the available evidence did not meet the threshold," reports the Toronto Star. But he said cops had enough to charge one of the teens with creating child pornography and the other with distributing it. The case is reminiscent of the one involving high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, in that "the hive mind of the Internet played an indispensable role here," writes Emily Bazelon at Slate. But considering that Rehtaeh's death resulted in child porn charges for non-consensual texting almost two years after the fact, "this case will be its own kind of watershed." Click for her full post.

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Aug 10, 2013 2:25 PM CDT
What pray tell, were the races of the offenders? Are you afraid to print that?PC be Damned!
Aug 10, 2013 7:28 AM CDT
I have a tatttoo's one a rose for my Mom & a Rose for my Mother in law both deceased & I am asking for it??? No I did it as a remberance to both Beautiful ladies. Now what's your come back? Oh by the way I am 56 years old.
Aug 9, 2013 6:49 PM CDT
The girl was not bullied to death, she killed herself, nobody else killed her. Poor parental guidance allowed her to go to an unsupervised party and drink. Poor judgement allowed her to get drunk. The boys need to be prosecuted for sexual assault, parents need to accept their roll in both the boys and the girls up bringing. The parents of who ever had this party need to be held responsible for their roll also.