Anonymous Seeks Justice for Rape Victim After School and Police Fail To Do So

Abby Zimet

After failures on all sides from the systems meant to protect her, Anonymous has taken up the case of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old Halifax girl who killed herself after a gang-rape by four boys, months of cyber-bullying and victim-blaming, and legal inaction. Having quickly identified at least two of the four alleged asssailants - through multiple eyewitness testimony, not hacking - Anonymous is using the information as a bargaining tool, calling for officials to re-open the case, investigate the investigators who mishandled it, and hold the school system responsible for a rape culture that allowed it. In a reversal of his earlier decision to stand by the initial findings, Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landy has announced a review; there's also a petition and a protest planned. Two obvious, rhetorical, sorrowful questions:  Why does it take Anonymous to make something happen here, and why does it always happen after, not before, tragedy strikes?

Update: And another one.

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