I normally never post things like this, but now it’s unavoidable.
Please spread this shit like wildfire, as my family wants to make it a point to make this case as public as possible in the hopes that something good or some change might come of it.
The girl on the right is my cousin Audrie. I have lots of memories of Audrie - but my most poignant are of her around age seven, playing marco polo in the pool with me and holding her bouncing baby twin sisters up to me as she explained all their little quirks to me and held their tiny, grasping fingers.
Audrie killed herself last September, after she was sexually assaulted while passed out by several high school boys she knew.
As her family, we had no idea that this was the cause of her suicide. Audrie was always happy, smiling, and outgoing. Her death came out of the blue, and felt like a quick punch to the stomach. The thought that she would ever have a moment where the world felt totally unbearable was surreal to me, incongruous with my memories of her.
However, our family was notified last week that they had arrested several boys in connection to her death, and the story became a little clearer.
At a party she went to over labor day weekend, Audrie drank underage with a handful of other kids. She felt tired after a while and didn’t feel like partying anymore, so she went upstairs to sleep it off. And then she woke up to sexual assault. Throughout the act, photos were being taken of her. These photos were then dispersed to her entire high school through various social media. She wrote on her facebook about the whole school knowing and about how it was the worst day of her life.
Audrie had complained a couple times about being bullied, but no significant action was taken that we were aware of by school authorities.
The next thing we knew, she was gone. I’m outraged as a woman, her family member, but most importantly as a human being. Audrie wasn’t asking for it. She wasn’t a bad person. She was trying to figure out this shit called ‘being a teenager’ and was taken advantage of at her most vunerable, in the most demeaning way possible.
Please consider liking the facebook page of the foundation her parents are setting up in her honor, or even just talking to your friends about this case. Our goal here is the spread awareness that this is happening in our homes, to our families, and that nobody is exempt from rules of human decency. Thanks.
Reblogging because this is another case of violence against women and this shit needs to end. Please help her to raise awareness.