Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, died in April, taken off life support after a suicide attempt. Her parents said four boys sexually assaulted her at a party when she was 15, and she was harassed and humiliated by classmates after a photo of the attack circulated at school and on social media.
The two charged in the case are each 18, but were underage at the time of the alleged attack. One is charged with creating and distributing child pornography. The other is charged with distribution, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday.
They will return to court in September.
The case has seen an overwhelming public reaction, with people questioning why no charges were presented. The online collective Anonymous threatened to name the youths involved if Nova Scotia authorities did not take action, the CBC said.
Halifax police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police reopened the case in April, after Parsons' death, saying new information had been obtained.
Wayne MacKay, a law professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax and chair of the provincial task force on cyberbullying, called the case a legal anomaly.
It's relatively unusual to have young people charged with child pornography. There are many new elements that have come out of the Rehataeh Parsons situation that it seems to be a never-ending process."
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