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Suicide of Audrie Pott

Audrie Pott was a 15-year-old Californian High School student who committed suicide on September 12, 2012. She had been sexually assaulted by three teenage boys at a party eight days earlier and pictures of the assault were posted online with accompanying bullying.[1]

Pott's suicide and the circumstances surrounding it have been compared to the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons, a young woman in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, appearing to show highly similar characteristics. New laws are being considered as a result of these events.[2][3]

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Investigation 2
  • Juvenile court case 3
  • Civil trial 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6

Background

In early September 2012, Pott reportedly went to party with about 10 other teenagers who were allegedly drunk.[4] It is alleged that three or more of these teenagers sexually assaulted Pott. Three boys eventually pled guilty to and served time in juvenile hall for the sexual assault.[5] During the assault, photographs were taken and distributed via social network and SMS. In the following days, Pott reported being bullied by those who saw the photographs. On September 12, 2012, Pott killed herself by hanging.

Investigation

In April 2013, three sixteen-year-old boys were arrested in northern California on suspicion of sexual battery to Pott.[1] Pott's parents also filed a lawsuit against the three teenagers, and in July 2013 they added a fifteen-year-old girl as a defendant in the suit, alleging she was present during the assault and later lied about it to help cover it up.[6]

Juvenile court case

Three teenage boys admitted in juvenile court to sexually assaulting and possessing photos of Audrie Pott, both felonies. Two of the three received 30-day sentences to be served on weekends. The other was sentenced to 45 consecutive days. Because of their ages, the three teenagers have not been publicly identified.[7]

Civil trial

A civil case filed by Pott's parents, to decide if the boys were responsible for her death, was originally set to go to forward to trial in April 2015.[8] The case reached settlement prior to going to trial.[9] As part of the terms of trial, two of the boys were required to verbally apologize in open court, admit again to the sexual assault, admit to their role in the death of Audrie Potts, agree to being filmed in a documentary, pay a combined $950,000, support the petition for an honorary diploma for Audrie Pott, and give 10 presentations on sexual assault and sexting.[10]

See also

References

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  5. ^ http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/3-Boys-Plead-Guilty-to-Sexually-Assaulting-Audrie-Pott-240379051.html
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  9. ^ http://www.timesdaily.com/news/nation/settlement-reached-in-northern-california-teen-suicide/article_d2f910d2-3028-5c41-9939-5656430f936e.html
  10. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_27844832/audrie-pott-parents-agree-settlement-civil-lawsuit-over?source=infinite
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