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*updated* Another Raped Teen Committed Suicide After Being Taunted

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Another girl's life ended too soon.

Now her parents want the three teen boys who allegedly drove their daughter to suicide through rape and public humiliation to be punished — as adults.

The California teens are accused of sexually abusing Audrie Pott, 15, while she was intoxicated and unconscious at a classmate’s house party. To make matters worse, they allegedly took photos of the reported assault and spread them “like wildfire” through Saratoga High School in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"The whole school knows…. My life is ruined," Audrie wrote on her Facebook page.

Eight days later, on Sept. 10, 2012, she hanged herself.

Her heartbreaking suicide was not unique. Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old Canadian girl, also endured continuous bullying from classmates after being raped at a party, her mother said. Earlier this month, Rehtaeh hanged herself and died several days later when she was removed from life support.

And in Steubenville, Ohio two teen football players were convicted of raping a nearly passed-out 16-year-old girl at a party. A teammate testified that he videotaped one of the suspects penetrate the girl with his finger.

Back in California, Audrie's parents did not learn about the rape and cyber harassment of their daughter until after her death, said Robert Allard, the attorney for the victim's family.

"Based on what we know, she was unconscious, there were multiple boys in the room with her," said Allard. "They did unimaginable things to her while she was unconscious."

The boys face sexual battery charges and might be charged with the dissemination of child pornography because the pictures went viral online, NBC Bay Area reported.

Her parents want the trio to be prosecuted as adults. All three suspects are being held at Juvenile Hall until their detention hearing early next week.

"What these boys did is beyond unconscionable," said Allard. "They should be held to the highest standard of the law to make sure this never ever happens again."

The Santa Clara District Attorney's Office refused to comment on the case because the suspects are minors. The superintendent of the students' school district told San Jose Mercury News that school officials are cooperating with law enforcement as the investigation continues.

Meanwhile, the family started the Audrie Pott Foundation to provide scholarships for students of music and art, two of Audrie's passions. They also intend to promote tragedy prevention by counseling youths through depression.

"She was in the process of developing the ability to cope with the cruelty of this world but had not quite figured it all out," the foundation's website reads. "Ultimately, she had not yet acquired the antibiotics to deal with the challenges present for teens in today's society."

The family wants Audrie's name to become well-known so that she puts a face on instances of adolescent sexual assault and subsequent cyber bullying. They hope to have a law passed in their daughter's name to protect other teens.




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Family of California Teen Who Committed Suicide Plans to Sue Alleged Attackers

April15, 2013

Pott family via Zuma Press / file

By M. Alex Johnson, staff writer, NBC News

The parents of a 15-year-old California girl who committed suicide after pictures of her being sexually assaulted were posted onlineplan to sue the three teenage boys accused of attacking her, the family's attorney said Monday.

Audrie Pott of Saratoga, near San Jose, hanged herself September 10, a week after she was assaulted while she was intoxicated and unconscious. The family's lawyer, Robert Allard, said Audrie felt she was being bullied after photos of the assault were disseminated through text messages and email at Saratoga High School.

Allard said he was filing the wrongful death lawsuit to force more information to be made public, NBC Bay Area reported.

NBC News usually doesn't name the alleged victims of sexual assault, but Audrie's parents have asked that her story be told.

At a news conference Monday in San Jose, Audrie's mother, Sheila Pott, said she and her ex-husband, Larry Pott, were working to persuade lawmakers to stiffen penalties in California for cyber-bullying and to treat juveniles as adults in some cases of sexual assault.

"If this could happen to my daughter, this could happen to anyone," Sheila Pott said.

Related: California case another three-part tragedy of rape, cyber bullying and suicide

The three boys, whose names haven't been released because they are juveniles, were arrested last week and are expected to appear in court Tuesday. In a statement, their attorneys said,
"Much of what has been reported over the last several days is inaccurate. Most disturbing is the attempt to link Audrey's suicide to the specific actions of these three boys."

Audrie's name is misspelled in the statement.

On a website started by her family, Audrie is described as a gifted art student who played the viola and the piano. She was part of a middle school band that played for at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration, it says.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled Friday at Saratoga High School.

The suspects should definitely be named. I know the names are out there!
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April 14, 2013
Pott Family / Zuma Press, file

By Craig Giammona, NBC News

Three boys accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old California girl who took her own life after pictures of the attack were posted online are due in court this week, as authorities ramp up their investigation into the latest case involving rape and cyber bullying.

NBC Bay Area reported that three 16-year-olds from Saratoga, a town of about 30,000 that is 13 miles west of San Jose, were arrested last week in connection with the September 2012 sexual assault of Audrie Pott.

Pott, 15, hanged herself eight days after the alleged assault, apparently despondent after photos of the attack were posted online and shared among classmates at Saratoga High School.

Pott's parents have said they did even not know about the attack until after their daughter's death. The parents have been in seclusion since the three boys were arrested, but they plan to speak publicly about the case at a news conference scheduled for Monday, according to NBC Bay Area.

"We're talking about, other than murdering someone, the highest degree of a crime you could possibly do, which is to violate them in the worst of ways ... and then to effectively rub her face in it afterwards," Robert Allard, the attorney representing the girl's mother, father and step-mother, told the Associated Press on Friday.

Allard said Pott was intoxicated and unconscious when the assault occurred, and that "there were multiple boys in the room with her."

Lawyers for the boys, whose names have not been released because they are minors, released a statement on Friday asking for the public to withhold judgement until their clients can tell their side of the story, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

"Much of what has been reported over the last several days is inaccurate. Most disturbing is the attempt to link (Audrie's) suicide to the specific actions of these three boys," the statement from San Jose attorneys Eric Geffon, Alan Lagod and Benjamin Williams reads. "We are hopeful that everyone understands that these boys, none of whom have ever been in trouble with the law, are to be regarded as innocent."

The boys are currently in a juvenile hall, although no charges have been formally filed, and are expected to appear in court on Tuesday, according to NBC Bay Area.

The incident occurred over Labor Day weekend last year in a prosperous Silicon Valley suburb on the west side of the Santa Clara Valley that is known for its wineries and high-end boutiques.

The AP said Pott was at a sleepover at a friend's house when the unaccompanied teens got into liquor.

View more videos at: http://nbcbayarea.com.

At some point, Pott went upstairs to sleep and "woke up to the worst nightmare possible," Allard told the AP.

The attorney said Pott soon, "found an abundance of material online about that night, including pictures and emails." She also determined that the alleged attackers were boys she had considered friends. Pott then wrote on Facebook that the whole school knew what happened and that her life was ruined, Allard said.

Members of the Pott family recently accused the alleged attackers of destroying evidence in the case, writing on Facebook that the, "the boys who we believe responsible for Audrie's death took deliberate steps to destroy evidence and interfere with the police investigation." The family asked students with information about the case to come forward.

Santa Clara Country Sheriff Laurie Smith confirmed to NBC Bay Area that her department believes they're missing a key piece of evidence, which she described as a, "critical electronic device," that has not been turned over.

The arrests of the three boys Thursday pushed the Saratoga case into the national spotlight, coming on the heels of the rape trial in Steubenville, Ohio, and the news that authorities in Canada are reopening their investigation in the case of 17-year-old suicide victim Rehtaeh Parsons.

Parsons, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was photographed during a sexual assault in November, 2011, then allegedly bullied online. Parson was taken off life support Sunday, April 7 — three days after hanging herself.

The Audrie Pott Foundation announced on Saturday it would hold a candlelight vigil at Saratago High School next Friday night.

Forensic computer experts or people from NASA can recover deleted files. Very sad. She was a beautiful girl.

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"What these boys did is beyond unconscionable," said Allard. "They should be held to the highest standard of the law to make sure this never ever happens again."
I understand their reaction, but it wont stop young people from making bad decisions.

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not good there are some evil people out there

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Rest in Peace, but why pass out at a random party?

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Rest in Peace, but why pass out at a random party?
Why poke and prod at a passed out body? Unless you're checking their pulse...

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Rest in Peace, but why pass out at a random party?
True it's something I wouldn't do but it's hardly even close to a reason to rape someone is it...

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Sad. But i think bad decisions were made on both sides. I think its the way kids grow up now adays. Sad either way

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Sad very sad. I wonder how many of these go unreported.

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RAPE CULTURE claims another victim.

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