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Anonymous Says It Has New Details In Rehtaeh Parsons Case
April 12, 2013
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The group Anonymous has released new details about the four boys linked to the alleged rape of Rehtaeh Parsons.

In a statement posted today, the group claims "one of the alleged rapists has made several public statements admitting that he did have sex with Rehtaeh on the night in question."

"He admits she was inebriated at the time, also that she was throwing up during the act," the statement says.

According to Anonymous, he also names the three other boys who were allegedly involved in the attack. And the group says it has screenshots of the boy's confession.

"The individual making this confession is the same boy identified in the photograph [of the act]," the statement says. "He has also admitted to being in the photograph and named the accomplice who took the picture."

Anonymous refers to all of this as a list of "facts". It's not clear how the group got the information, or whether it's been independently confirmed.

However, the group says all the information it has gathered, including the screenshots, has been turned over to police.

"We do not seek vigilante justice," the statement says. "If those who we believe are guilty are exonerated in a court of law, Anonymous will disappear from Nova Scotia."

Anonymous also explains why it's decided to get involved in Rehtaeh's case.

"Is it necessary for Anonymous to be involved in this case? Yes. For a moment let's set aside the theatrics, the masks and the labels. We are group of concerned citizens that have recognized an injustice in the system."

"We have taken it upon ourselves to point out that injustice to the public and we are asking the police to correct their incompetent handling of this case," the statement says.

"We urge the RCMP to act like guardians," and "set the proper example for the young men of Nova Scotia and send a clear message: This behavior will not be tolerated in our communities."

The RCMP investigated the alleged rape for a year, but did not lay charges after prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence for a reasonable chance of a conviction.

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Anonymous says it's also decided not to release the names of the alleged suspects, after threatening to identify them earlier this week if authorities didn't reopen the case.

However, Rehtaeh's mother, Leah Parsons, told the media she didn't want people to go after the boys. That was up to the justice system, she said.

In a statement yesterday, Anonymous said "We feel that honouring the Parsons' wishes while they lay their daughter Rehtaeh to rest is the respectful thing to do."

It went on to say "it has come to our attention that several names have already been posted online to various websites, even tossed around on Twitter. Be aware that 99 per cent of you have named someone that is innocent."

"We aren't playing guilty until proven innocent. We apologize to those of you who want this type of justice, but bashing someone's reputation online is just not good enough," the group wrote.

It also said if it does decide to release names, it will make sure people know Anonymous is the group that did it.

The RCMP has also said there's a lot of misinformation out there, which isn't always accurate or based on factual evidence.

anonymous-says-it-has-new-details-in-the-rehtaeh-parsons-case-feature2.jpg Last night at a candlelight vigil in Halifax, Rehtaeh's cousin - Angella Parsons (left) - urged people not to become vigilantes.

"My family asks everyone that they not respond in violence and aggression to this terrible tragedy," she told the crowd - many of whom were teenagers.

"We are coming together in memory of Rehtaeh... to celebrate her life. She was a phenomenal young woman."

"We're all angry... Rehtaeh was angry, however, feeling angry and responding in anger and aggression are two very different things."

Rehtaeh was taken off life support and died Sunday, three days after she tried to commit suicide. She was 17.

Her mother alleges Rehtaeh was raped by four boys who took photos of the attack, which were circulated online and led to months of bullying and harassment.

The Nova Scotia government has set up a web page for anyone who wants to send condolences to Rehtaeh's family.

There's also an online petition 'Justice for Rehtaeh' calling for an inquiry into the police investigation. As of this writing, it has more than 120,000 signatures.

And here's a phone number that you or someone you know can call for help - Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or reach out online at kidshelpphone.ca

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