A girl has been implicated in the death of a 15-year-old US high school student who killed herself after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by three boys who photographed the abuse and published the images online.
Audrie Pott, 15, hung herself last September, around a week after she passed out at a party at a friend’s Northern California home and was reportedly assaulted, the ABC reports .
The teen said the boys stripped and sexually assaulted her, drawing and writing on her body and documenting the abuse with their mobile phones.
A 15-year-old girl has been named in a lawsuit filed by Audrie’s family seeking unspecified damages.
The suit alleges the girl, who can only be identified as Jane C, urged the boys to expose, draw on and photograph Audrie’s body.
She then allegedly buttoned and zipped up Audrie’s shorts, placed a blanket on her and left her alone.
The suit claims Jane then lied about her role in the alleged assault to cover up her involvement.
The Pott family’s lawsuit claims Audrie’s school was negligent and mishandled her bullying claims in the week leading up to her death.
In the wake of the assault Audrie was bullied by students at her school who had seen the naked photos of her, the suit alleges.
Her Facebook account reveals that she “cried” when she found out what had happened to her and worried that she had ” a reputation for a night I don’t even remember and the whole school knows”.
The three boys, who also cannot be named, have been charged with sexual battery, dissemination of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
They are currently under house arrest as they await trial.
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Author: Martin Zavan. Approving editor: Jack Hawke.