Legal Ramifications for Bullying

I don’t really have too much to say on this one… I’m kind of emotionally drained by the Reteah Parsons and Aurrie Pott incidents as well as the knowledge that these are not merely two isolated cases, they just happen to have gone extremely mainstream in the media.

Anyways, I want to throw this out there and hopefully see what people have to say about it. It’s an idea that I haven’t heard expressed anywhere else.

If it can be demonstrated that a person who took their own life did so (either directly or in part) because of a campaign of harassment and/or bullying; the harassers and bullies should be charged with homicide.

I think in a situation like this there’s a heavy backlash against the perpetrators: “If I could get my hands on them I would beat them to a pulp” or “I hope they get a taste of their own rape-medicine in prison”. I’m trying to avoid coming at this from that point of view. Realistically, shouldn’t there be legal consequences for people who drive other people to suicide?

To change the culture, we need to have the tools to do so, and the calm and level head of the law ought to be one of those tools. Maybe that can start here?

Thoughts?

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Comments

  • Izzie  On April 16, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Yes! If people actually got charged they’d be far less likely to do it.

  • josie  On April 17, 2013 at 7:03 am

    How do you figure?! I am a victim of bullying, assault and rape but I’ve never attempted suicide. People all across the world deal with rape, death of children, starvation and they don’t off themselves. Enough of the ‘woe is me’ mentality and start with an eye for an eye. As far as homicide charges. Rape yes, child pornography, sure but SHE chose to kill herself. Some people just cant deal or get over traumatic situations.

  • jordyn  On April 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I fully agree. It is homicide byproxy. We live in a world where people have the lines of right and wrong very blurred and violence against the weaker is misconstrued as power. Where has our empathy gone? Is it possible narscisissum is the last great plague?
    Josies comment is proof of change needed, she claims to have endured the same, yet her attitude is “get over it weakling”
    How dare you as a fellow woman recycle the abuse and violence you claim to have endured, how broken you are and yet so unaware.

    • josie  On April 18, 2013 at 6:34 am

      How do you figure my stance on the subject is ‘get over it’?! Try again. My stance is suicide is NOT an option & anyone that makes that their sole option, it is THEIR choice. Yes, everybody goes through horrible, traumatic situations, that is life and you thought it was ponies and rainbows?? A girl in Austria, kept in a cellar for 2 decades, raped by her FATHER & raised his RAPE children…guess who didnt kill herself?? You cant hold ANYBODY responsible for another persons irrational, selfish decision of suicide. It was a personal choice. You need to stop looking at the world through your rose coloured north american glasses…keep relying on laws, justice and your court system. If you cant see how corrupt & unjust your legal system is in basic situations, then there’s no point in even carrying on this conversation.

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