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article image2 arrested in Rehtaeh Parsons rape and cyberbullying case

By Yukio Strachan     Aug 8, 2013 in Crime
Halifax - Police in Canada said Thursday they have made two arrests in the case of a 17-year-old who committed suicide after a photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted was shared online.
“This morning at 8 a.m., investigators from the Criminal Investigation Division arrested two males at their respective residences,” the Halifax Integrated Sexual Assault Investigation Team said in a statement Thursday morning. "They are in police custody and are currently being questioned by investigators."
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Scott MacRae declined to say what they were arrested for or whether charges are expected.
"We do have a 24-hour window to either release them or lay criminal charges," MacRae said.
"No further information is being released at this time," the statement added.
The news come four months after Rehtaeh was taken off life-support from a suicide attempt in her home. Her family said the Nova Scotia teenager killed herself after she was gang-raped in November 2011 and a cellphone photo of the alleged assault was circulated among her school peers. As a result, she was bullied for months after it went viral.
Police initially concluded there were no grounds to charge anyone after a year-long investigation.
Police in April said a person provided new information in the Parsons case and was willing to verify who the suspects are.
Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh's mother, said the family is hopeful charges will be brought, according to the National Post.
"I feel that the investigation wasn't handled properly from the beginning and I've never seen the file, so I don't really know why or how that happened," she said. "I'm just glad that it was reopened, and I'm really happy that they have two people to question."
According to the Globe and Mail, in a Facebook post Wednesday Parsons revealed that she had been raped in similar circumstances when she was 14 and that she had told her daughter about it and cautioned her about situations where there are more boys then girls.
“When Rehtaeh told me what happened to her that November 2011 night, I was immediately transcended right back to my own horror,” she wrote.
She added: “Why me? why my daughter? Not that it should happen to anyone but Why?”
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