The deadly effects of 'slut shaming'

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Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old from Canada, died by suicide this week. Leah Parsons, her mother, told the CBC Rehtaeh hanged herself more than a year after she was gang raped by four classmates. The mental trauma was magnified by endless bullying on social media, according to her mother, including a photograph of her throwing up while being raped that made the rounds at her school.

Rehtaeh transferred to a new school and even checked herself into a hospital to seek treatment for her suicidal thoughts. Leah quit her job to help her daughter cope, but ultimately, she lost the battle. Our "Raising America" panel discussed the deadly effects of what's called "slut shaming."

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