Friday, 12 April 2013

Three boys charged with sexual assault following Audrie Pott's bullying suicide

Three boys charged with sexual assault following Audrie Pott's bullying suicide, In yet another of seemingly endless horrific tales of a beautiful young girl committing suicide after being raped and being further victimized by having images posted online of the assault, consider the story of 15-year-old Audrie Taylor Pott who was sexually assaulted by several boys at a party in Saratoga, Calif.

after she had had too much to drink and passed out. Audrie committed suicide on September 10, 2012, shortly after images of her assault went viral. On April 11, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office arrested three 16-year-old boys and charged them with Audrie’s sexual battery.

Audrie had fallen into a state of deep depression after photos of her assault went viral on the web. Heavy shared, "The whole school knows...My life is ruined," Audrie posted on her Facebook page. Days later, Audrie hanged herself.

According to The Audrie Pott Foundation website started by Audrie’s family:

“Audrie was a wonderful 15 year old girl that warmed the hearts of everyone she met. She loved her family, her friends, her dogs (Raja & Bailey), and loved horses and the outdoors.

Audrie thoroughly enjoyed Art, she liked to sing, listen to music, play soccer and play pranks on her family and friends. She was full of life and was truly never a dull moment.”

After the April 11 arrest of the three 16-year-old boys accused of sexually battering Audrie at that party, the Pott's attorney, Robert Allard, said:

"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." ~ Yahoo News

The attorney went on to state that students at the party used their cell phones to share images of Audrie’s sexual assault, images which went viral.

The three teen boys were arrested at their respective high schools. Two boys were arrested at Saratoga High School. The third boy was arrested at Christopher High School.

All three were booked into juvenile hall and face “two felonies and one misdemeanor each, all related to sexual battery that allegedly occurred at a Saratoga house party.”

The investigation into the sexual assault on Audrie and her resulting suicide are still ongoing.

For more on Audrie Pott's story and the three teen boys charged with her sexual assault, see the video accompanying this article.

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