Rehtaeh Parsons’ mother on Wednesday slammed those who put up posters in support of four alleged rapists, saying it “felt like someone kicked me in the stomach.”
“They’re not learning any lessons,” Leah Parsons told Global News. “They’re doing the exact same thing as when Rehtaeh was alive. They’re continuing with the hate.”
Rehtaeh, 17, died earlier this month in a Canadian hospital after attempting to hang herself. She was allegedly the victim of a sexual assault and faced harassment from her peers, who labeled her a slut. A picture of the incident was widely shared at her school.
The incident sparked international outrage, leading police to re-open the case. Hundreds of people attended Rehtaeh’s funeral on Monday.
But on Wednesday the residents of Halifax awoke to find multi-colored posters supporting the four boy who allegedly raped Rehtaeh stapled to telephone poles. The posters were even put up on the street the Parson’s lived on.
“My daughter is gone because of them and they have the nerve to show up on my street and my community where my children live and keep harassing us,” Leah said. “That’s harassment.”
Supporters of the four boys also set up a Facebook page. But police ordered the page to be removed after the names of the alleged rapists were accidentally leaked.