She was only 15 years old. But what Cassidy Trevan went through in her short life is nothing short of horrifying.
After relentless bullying and a gang rape by students at her school, Cassidy committed suicide.
Before her death the teen drafted a powerful warning letter for other pupils.
In the letter, which was published by 9 News with her mother’s permission, Cassidy said it was her duty to make her schoolmates aware she had been raped and mercilessly bullied.
‘My name is Cassidy Trevan, and I was raped,’ the heartbreaking letter began.
‘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.’
The assault caused Cassidy to suffer ‘nightmares, insomnia, separation anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD and subsequent worsening mental illness,’ her mother Linda Trevan told 9 News Australia.
After two years of unimaginable suffering, Cassidy committed suicide aged 15.
Cassidy’s open letter was unfinished and found on her laptop. It was written with the help of her boyfriend Luke and has been released with the permission of her mother.
‘I was a student at (school name omitted) and I was raped by some of the students who still attend that school,’ the letter said.
‘I know this already probably sounds like attention-seeking but it’s honestly far from it.’
‘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.’
Cassidy made it clear she was not writing the letter for attention, but ‘because over 1500 students years 7-12 are currently enrolled at the school and they need to be warned’.
‘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,’ the letter said.
Cassidy also said she wanted to be left alone by the bullies.
Cassidy’s mother says she has been overwhelmed with support after speaking out about her daughter’s suicide.
‘I wish she could have seen this beautiful caring supportive side of humanity instead of experiencing all the abuse that was inflicted upon her for no reason other than jealousy,’ Ms Trevan posted online.
The group of girls who would bully Cassidy would slap her on the face, leave banana peels at the front door of their family home and regularly abuse her on social media.
The bullying got so bad Cassidy was forced to miss out on school.
Cassidy was given special measures where she was allowed to go to school for only two days a week.
When she returned she received an apology from the girls. They asked her to be their friend and invited her to a festival.
But instead of going to the festival, the very same girls led her to a nearby house where she was subjected to a horrific gang rape.
‘They were older boys that Cass didn’t know. Two girls who sat and waited. Two boys who shared her and timed each other. One boy stood guarding the front door,’ Ms Trevan told 9 News.
‘Cass was scared to make a formal statement for fear of retaliation from the gang, and she also was worried reliving it would ‘push her over the edge.’
In a heartbreaking open post on Facebook, Ms Trevan said she spent the next two years ‘desperately doing everything’ she could to keep Cassidy alive.
‘I had to watch my baby suffer for the next 22 months from these demons,’ she wrote online.
‘I had to get an intervention order on the main bully girl when she physically assaulted Cass at the shops, after the rape, and she was even calling my mobile demanding to talk to Cass,’ Ms Trevan told 9 News.
Tragically, after years of torment, Cassidy committed suicide on December 12, 2015.
A spokesman for the Victorian Department of Education told Daily Mail Australia in a statement that ‘the death of any young person is an absolute tragedy and our sympathies are with Cassidy’s family’.