An Unprecedented Settlement: Pass It on

An Unprecedented Settlement: Pass It on

Landmark Case Ruling Regarding Sexual Assault and Death As an expert on sexual assault and alcohol awareness and prevention, I was really affected when I read about Audrie’s case. It is an unprecedented settlement for sexual assault survivors. Hearing about Audrie Pott’s suicide, which was linked to being assaulted and humiliated, was heartbreaking for me. The news fueled me to go out and preach prevention and sexual assault awareness more. I believe that losing a child as a parent has got to be one of the hardest things anyone ever has to go through. I cannot imagine the pain, especially when the loss could have been prevented. What saddens me most is that the suicide received lots of attention from the media, but there’s been little attention about the unprecedented settlement that just happened. Audrie’s Story Audrie was 15 years old when she was assaulted by three 16-year-old boys in an unsupervised house in Silicon Valley. After they assaulted her, they drew on her naked body with a felt tip pen and then documented their “trophy” on Facebook and sent the pictures out to other classmates. Disgusting. I am still trying to understand why anyone would think that this kind of behavior was ok. What was their thought process? What kind of brain thinks that that is ok? Did these three boys have any mental illnesses? I am not making fun of mental health issues, but I am trying to wrap my head around how this could have happened. As if the photos and bragging weren’t enough, the boys continued to harass her with texts and more shaming online...

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