Family members of a Saratoga teen who took her own life after being “slut shamed” on social media are demanding that her sexual assailants be expelled from their high schools. A Change.org petition posted by Audrie Pott’s parents, which named each of the three boys, has garnered nearly 24,000 signatures since it was posted Feb. 11.
“Allowing these students to continue attending these schools sets an example to other students and athletes that this type of criminal behavior will be tolerated without regard for victims’ rights or the safety of other students on campus,” the petition states.
In September 2012, Audrie, 15 years old, passed out during a Labor Day weekend party. Three teens, two of them her classmates, took turns sexually assaulting her. They also took turns scribbling crass comments with a black permanent marker all over her naked body. All the while, they took photos on their phones, which were forwarded to classmates and circulated on social media. Audrie hanged herself eight days later.
The three teens, aged 16 to 17, pleaded guilty to the attack and taking photos in January 2014. A judge sentenced them to 30 to 45 days in juvenile detention, which they served on weekends.
Pott’s family says principals at Saratoga and Christopher high schools took no disciplinary action against the attackers.
“Because of their actions, Audrie will not be able to graduate from high school, and her assailants should not have the honor of walking across that stage either,” the petition states.
After their daughter’s death, Audrie’s parents fought for the passage of “Audrie’s Law,” which allows judges to name sex offenders who attack the unconscious or disabled.
If this case were tried in Tennessee or Ohio, the Pott family says, the crime against Audrie would have resulted in rape charges. The Pott family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the three attackers, which comes up in court later this month.