Yesterday, we reported on the story of a 17-year-old girl from Nova Scotia named Rehtaeh Parsons who was allegedly gang raped while drunk, photographed, bullied incessantly and denied justice from all able parties until she attempted suicide. It reminded us of two things: Steubenville, and that people can be absolutely horrible to other people and face zero repercussions.
As Jamie asked yesterday, “What, if anything, can we do to keep things like this from happening over and over again?” What can we do, and also what will we do? This awful, terrible, cruel series of events is so devastating to read about alone, but when looking at all the rape and gang rape and partner rape and date rape incidents together, it is almost too much to bear. As a result of being exhausted by the injustices against sexual violence victims and in a similar manner to their pursuit of the Steubenville rapists being punished, Anonymous has decided to go after those who may be responsible for hurting Parsons.
In a press release toward Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry, Anonymous warned in would be watching the investigation into Parsons’ case and will release the names of her rapists if nobody else deems it necessary.
Mr. Landy, justice is in your hands. Anonymous has confirmed the identities of two of the four alleged rapists. We are currently confirming a third and it is only a matter of time before the fourth is identified as well.
Our demands are simple: We want the N.S. RCMP to take immediate legal action against the individuals in question. We encourage you to act fast. If we were able to locate these boys within 2 hours, it will not be long before someone else finds them.
We do not approve of vigilante justice as the media claims. That would mean we approve of violent actions against these rapists at the hands of an unruly mob. What we want is justice. And that’s your job. So do it.The names of the rapists will be kept until it is apparent you have no intention of providing justice to Retaeh’s family. Please be aware that there are other groups of Anons also attempting to uncover this information and they may not to wish to wait at all. Better act fast.
Be aware that we will be organizing large demonstrations outside of your headquarters. The rapists will be held accountable for their actions. You will be held accountable for your failure to act.
What continues to bother me about high-profile cases like these is that everyone keeps saying, “Well, the only good thing about this is that at least it might finally change something.” But with progress so slow, and the recurring rate of this violence so high, when will that change finally occur? Of course it won’t be instantaneous, but it needs to be faster than this. This is not a matter of patience, and I will likely back the team that doesn’t insist on waiting.
While I typically do not approve of vigilante justice, I have no qualms with exposing the truth when authorities refuse to. Until the legal and school systems begin caring about rape victims and seeking justice for them, I am very, very okay with others caring instead.