13 Years Old Takes Her Own Life After Being Raped, Writes a Letter To Warn Others
Bullying is an aggressive behavior mostly among school aged children and teens that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Kids who are bullied may have serious, lasting problems and might live the life of a hell.
Cassidy Trevan from Melbourne, Australia knew all too well what that was like. She had been bullied for a very long time. She was called terrible names, attacked at school and on the internet. Even her home was once vandalized.
A group of teens from the school has been constantly bulling her mostly psychologically, but also physically. Although she was trying to talk to the bullies, things didn’t go well. Cassidy was even absent from school for a couple of months.
After a while, she wanted to give school another try. She started off with two days a week to get used to it. Suddenly, the girls who had treated her badly apologized. They even asked if she wanted to go to a festival with them. Cassidy accepted their invitation, believing that things between them are finally being improved.
But she didn’t sense that the girls had a completely new plan.
The girls took Cassidy to a nearby house. They had arranged for two older guys to rape her. While the boys took turns raping Cassidy, the girls sat outside and waited. She was only 13 years old.
Although the incident was reported to the police, the case was dropped due to a lack of evidence. Then, Cassidy’s mom, Linda, transferred her to a different school, but the bullies always found a way to get at her. Linda did everything she could, but it was getting worse for Cassidy.
Cassidy committed suicide in December 2015.
Very quickly after Cassidy’s suicide, her mother found a letter. Cassidy wrote this letter just to tell the world how bullying can make your life like a hell.
Here’s what she wrote:
“I was a student at (school name omitted) and I was raped by some of the students who still attend that school. I know this already probably sounds like attention-seeking but it’s honestly far from it. I have many reasons for doing this which I’ll also explain.
My aim is to warn other people (students mostly but also parents) about what happened because I’m worried if they could do it to me they could do it to other kids like me, or at least try to. You actually have the power to stop this from happening. Remember the people who did this to me were school students at (omitted), it’s hard to believe, I know. But it’s true.
I’m not doing this for revenge to those students that raped me, set up the rape, bullied me about the rape, teased me about the rape or anything like that. I’m also not doing this for attention seeking like I mentioned earlier, I want to make that clear.
I’m doing this because over 1500 students years 7-12 are currently enrolled at the school and they need to be warned. I feel because of what happened to me, and because the staff at the school did nothing to help me (which I’ll talk a bit more about later). It’s now my duty to warn you all and to make you aware of what happened. (Not just what you may have heard around school but what actually happened.)
But I’m also doing this for myself. I want to finally after 1 and ½ years be left alone. It’s surprising just how many students at (omitted) have heard stories of me and weirdly enough still get told stories of me to this day. I still continue to get students I’ve never met contacting me Facebook calling me a slut. I’ve moved schools, I’ve moved house and still I’m being contacted and bullied. I can’t stop people from spreading rumours, but at least I could try and spread what really happened seeing as it’s still being talked about anyway. But as I said this honestly is more so for students who are unaware of this and are in danger of those students.
My name is Cassidy Trevan, and I was raped.
If anyone every tries this on you trust me it’s worth fighting! Fight! If you don’t you’ll regret it for the rest of your life like I do. You can do it.
Be careful. Be warned. Be safe.”
Chanel 9 published the letter.
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