Amanda Todd

Amanda Todd committed suicide in Canada last week, just before she killed herself she posted a video on Youtube.

from Wikipedia:

Amanda Michelle Todd (November 27, 1996 – October 10, 2012) was a Canadian teenager who committed suicide attributed to cyber-bullying through the social networking website Facebook. On 7 September 2012, Todd posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell of her experience of being blackmailed, bullied, and physically assaulted. In it she mentions sending an image of her breasts to a man who later circulated it around the internet.

Shortly before 6:00 pm on October 10, 2012, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were called to her home in Port Coquitlam, to investigate what they refer to as a “sudden death”. They have since launched a full investigation into Todd’s death. Police are conducting interviews, reviewing content at social media sites, and are actively monitoring pages.

Christy Clark, the Premier of British Columbia, made an online statement of condolence suggesting a national discussion be made discussing criminalizing cyber-bullying.

The video is powerful:

Meanwhile Anonymous claims to have outed her bully:

Accusations are being made in the suicide death of Amanda Todd through videos and messages claiming to be from the online activist group Anonymous, which says it knows the identity of the girl’s stalker.

They have named a Vancouver-area man, saying on an online post “at the most this is the person who did this to Amanda Todd, and at the least it’s another pedophile that enjoys taking advantage of children.”

Todd, 15, committed suicide Wednesday following years of bullying and detailed in a YouTube video last month how the harassment began after an online stalker sent nude images of her to “everyone” she knew.

Mounties are currently investigating past and present social media links connected to Todd.

An online user name, with unclear ties to a New Westminster, B.C., address, is referenced in multiple clippings compiled by Anonymous from several websites over the years. One website suggests the user “blackmailed” and gave advice to girls.

The same user name is tied to a forum for teen sexuality, the post reads, and another website with a “jailbait” photo gallery.

“We have brought this announcement forwards solely for the purpose of releasing Amanda Todd’s punisher’s identity,” said a YouTube video posted Monday, claiming to be from Anonymous.

“Below, you will find a URL to the man’s DOX. In there, you will see various information about said person.”

The post also details how a group — which doesn’t openly list any affiliation to Anonymous — has labelled the online user as “Blackmailer of the year” in a video posted in January last year.

If you need help there is masses of resources at Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand:

The Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand video series was developed to help people at risk of suicide, those who are close to them and those who have lost significant people through suicide. The videos give you facts and very practical ways of preventing suicide.

The six videos in the series each cover a different topic:

Recognisable warning signs

Risk factors

Caring for someone suicidal

Coping with bereavement

Suicide in communities

Common myths about suicide

The video series discusses the subject of suicide in some depth. If you think you may be distressed by this material, please have someone with you as a support while you watch the videos.

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