SAN JOSE, Calif. -- An attorney for the parents of a girl who hanged herself after being sexually assaulted said yesterday that the teen awoke from the attack with drawings and the name of one suspect scrawled on intimate parts of her body.
Attorney Robert Allard made the disclosure at an emotional news conference at which he and the family of 15-year-old Audrie Pott announced their plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the three 16-year-old suspects, their parents and the family of a girl who hosted the Labor Day party where Pott was attacked.
Pott passed out at the party after drinking alcohol mixed with Gatorade, the lawyer said. Allard said the photos taken around the time of the attack showed that enough of her clothing had been removed to put markings on her body.
"The suspects drew on Audrie during the assault," he said. "They drew on her, they left her a message." Her family also said others at the party reported the boys responsible were sober when the assault happened, making their actions cold and calculated. Allard said the boys were friends of the victim.
Pott's father, mother and stepmother said they were outraged by what they see as a refusal to take responsibility by the three boys arrested in the attack in Saratoga, a bedroom community on the fringe of Silicon Valley.
Lawrence Pott said he was astounded that lawyers for the three denied a link between the sharing of the humiliating photo and his daughter's decision to end her life.
The boys were arrested Thursday, eight months after Audrie Pott posted online that her life was ruined and then hanged herself.
"This period has been difficult for us because the wounds are so fresh," her father said. "We miss her every day, but now we must carry on and share her story . . . ."