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Suicide of raped teen reignites concerns over cyberbullying in Canada

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Another Canadian teen’s suicide after months of harassment and circulation of an image of her alleged rape by four boys has reignited concerns over cyberbullying, and led hacker group Anonymous Thursday to call for a new investigation.

Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, died in hospital on Sunday in the port city of Halifax in easternmost Canada after a suicide attempt that her mother blames on the alleged November 2011 sexual assault and a subsequent barrage of taunts by schoolmates calling her a “slut.”

Parsons was said to have been passed out drunk at a party when she was raped. One of the suspects later posted a photo of the incident online.

Police investigated but no charges were made. Parsons meanwhile moved cities and schools, but the harassment persisted.

“She was never left alone. Her friends turned against her, people harassed her, boys she didn’t know started texting her and Facebooking asking her to have sex with them since she had had sex with their friends. It just never stopped,” her mother Leah Parsons told public broadcaster CBC.

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