Anonymous Responds To Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide, Threatens To Expose Accused Rapists

On Wednesday, Internet activist group Anonymous released a statement claiming it knows the identities of the accused rapists and will release that information unless the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) takes “immediate legal action against the individuals in question.”

In a statement titled “Operation Justice For Rehtaeh,” Anonymous wrote that it had confirmed the identities of two of the four boys accused and was working on a third. The statement also said it is only a matter of time before they find the fourth.

“We do not approve of vigilante justice as the media claims,” the statement, which addresses the Nova Scotia RCMP, read. “That would mean we approve of violent actions against these rapists at the hands of an unruly mob. What we want is justice. And [t]hat’s your job. So do it.”

The RCMP conducted a yearlong investigation after the Parsons family reported the rape, but no charges were filed. In an interview with Canada’s CBC program “Maritime Noon,” Rehtaeh’s mother, Leah Parsons, suggested that prosecutors decided not to pursue the case because the accused may have been able to use ignorance as a defense.

In a new interview with CBC, however, Leah Parsons spoke out against potential vigilantism: “I want the justice system to go after those boys … I don’t want people to go after those boys. … I don’t want more bullying. Rehtaeh wouldn’t want more bullying. I don’t think that’s justice.”

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