A sexual assault was reported early on November 1st in Halifax. The case was sent to a sex assault investigation team. Lauren Leal, Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman, said that the victim did not wish to proceed with the investigation, and so her wishes were respected.
But the global hacktivist group Anonymous suggests otherwise.
The group’s Halifax Nova Scotia chapter told the National Post HERE that they’re now involved because the victim’s mother sent them a message online requesting them to help her daughter. The National Post claims to have seen that message.
When police did not reopen the case, Anonymous decided to react. Representative ‘Jason’ says that the information on the case comes from the victim, and that they believe it to be accurate.
Anonymous has named the man accused in the assault, and have given police until Monday to lay charges. If this doesn’t happen, the hacktivist group has threatened to launch a cyberattack on Dalhousie University’s website. But Dalhousie said the man identified is not a student, and is part of a fraternity that is not associated with the school.
The threats have succeeded in forcing police to reopen the case. Will they lay charges by Monday?
Are you glad that a group like Anonymous exists? If their approach is successful in charging and convicting this rapist, doesn’t it prove that they’re more effective than the police? Do you think the victim’s move made the right decision here? Does Anonymous have the right to dish out justice in a non-transparent way?
The Anonymous video naming the alleged rapist has been removed, to be replaced by this latest recorded threat: