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Rape Victim Commits Suicide, Should Her Offenders Be Charged In Her Death?

Rape Victim Commits Suicide, Should Her Offenders Be Charged In Her Death?

Apr 16, 2013

Audrie Pott

Audrie Pott

The family of Audrie Pott, a California teenager who allegedly was raped and then committed suicide in September, intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit, the family’s lawyer told reporters Monday. Three boys were arrested last week in connection with the case, accused of assaulting the 15-year-old girl, taking photos of the attack, posting the pictures online and sharing them at school. The boys are all 16, according to authorities. “We intend to prove in court of law, that their actions … broke her. She couldn’t handle it, and she did the worst thing a parent can imagine — she took her life,” said Robert Allard, attorney for Pott’s father, mother and stepmother. Authorities say the three boys are accused of raping Pott at an unsupervised house party in Saratoga, California, in early September. Pott had too much to drink at the party and passed out before the attack, Santa Clara County sheriff’s detectives say. She took her own life seven days later, after learning that schoolmates had seen at least one photograph of the attack, Allard said. The three unidentified boys face two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge of sexual battery, Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jose Cardoza said last week. Formal charges have not been filed. Read entire article here: www.cnn.com

Should the 16-year-old boys be charged with rape or rape and wrongful death?