|Cassidy wrote a letter before she died (Picture: Facebook)|
A schoolgirl who was ‘relentlessly bullied and gang raped’ wrote a heartbreaking letter warning others before taking her own life. Cassidy Trevan was just 13-years-old when she was allegedly at the centre of an extreme bullying plot by a group of girls in Melbourne, Australia.
The teenager reportedly suffered abuse including being slapped around the face, online torment, and even having her family home vandalised. She refused to attend her entire fourth term at school in 2013 due to the bullying – and instead visited a recovery programme.
Towards the end of the programme, she was contacted by the group of girls who apologised and invited her to a festival.
|She died in December 2015 (Picture: Facebook)|
However, the invite turned out to be a lot more sinister than Cassidy had thought. According to her mother, Linda, the group of girls had arranged for the 13-year-old to be gang raped by ‘older boys that Cass didn’t know’ while the ‘girls sat and waited’.
The incident was reported to the police, however Cassidy refused to give a formal statement as she feared there would be retaliation.
The case was later dropped due to a lack of evidence.
In December 2015, the teenager took her own life.
Her mum later found a letter on Cassidy’s computer, warning others about the dangers of school bullying.
Cassidy's letter in full
‘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.’
In the piece, she makes it clear that the message is not revenge on the pupils who ‘raped me, set up the rape, bullied me about the rape, teased me about the rape or anything like that’.
She said: ‘I’m doing this because over 1500 students years 7-12 are currently enrolled at the school and they need to be warned. ‘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.
‘My name is Cassidy Trevan, and I was raped.’