Images described as horrifying of Audrie Pott, the California teen who committed suicide, left a digital path that led police to three male students suspected of attacking her seven months ago, according to an April 12, 2013 Mercury News report.
On Thursday, three 16 year old boys were arrested on charges they sexually assaulted Audrie, 15, after she fell asleep at a house party. The boys names were not released because they are minors.
Audrie’s parents decided to reveal her identity to bring awareness to cyberbullying and “this kind of violence,” the Mercury News reports. In addition they said are trying to create “Audrie’s Law” to reduce these types of incidences.
Her family’s attorney, Robert Allard, told CBS News that Audrie’s family was baffled as to why she decided to take her own life “at such a young age…”
He noted, “After an extensive investigation that we have conducted on behalf of the family, there is no doubt in our minds that the victim, then only 15 years old, was savagely assaulted by her fellow high school students while she lay on a bed completely unconscious.”
Allard said the boys took photos of Audrie with their cell phones showing her naked during the attack. The teens then shared the images with friends, with one ending up on the Internet, he said.
After the incident, Audrie took to her Facebook page and wrote, “worst day ever” and “The whole school knows… My life is ruined.” According to Heavy.com, Audrie was cyber bullied by her peers after the disturbing images went viral. She then hanged herself just days later.
Three lawyers representing the teen boys accused in the case released a statement Friday, saying that media reports about the case have not been altogether correct.
“Most disturbing is the attempt to link Audrey’s suicide to the specific actions of these three boys… We are hopeful that everyone understands that these boys, none of whom have ever been in trouble with the law, are to be regarded as innocent,” attorneys Eric Geffon, Alan Lagod, and Benjamin Williams said in the statement, reports Mercury News.
Audrie’s parents are expected to hold a news conference on Monday.
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