Lawsuit Planned Over Assaulted CA Teen Suicide
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The family of a girl who committed suicide after she was sexually battered and then cyberbullied plans to file a civil action against three teen suspects. Family members were emotional as they spoke of Audrie Pott's death. (April 15)

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DURATION: 1:51SHOTLIST:POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYSan Jose, California - April 15, 20131. SOUNDBITE: (English) Larry Pott, Audrie Pott's Father:"We hope that in some small way that Audrie's story and death could help others or cause this epidemic of sexual assault, disseminating photographs, cyberbullying, and bullying to stop. As most of you have only seen pictures of Audrie, and while it's obvious you've seen what a beautiful girl she is on the outside, we want you to know that she was so much more beautiful on the inside."2. White flash3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sheila Pott, Audrie Pott's Mother:"I think that Audrie did try to reach out to some of her friends for help, but she didn't reach out to an adult that knew how to handle the gravity of this situation. I think if she did, she would still be with us. One of the goals of the foundation that we have set up for her is to provide some counseling and education regarding suicide awareness and what to look for. I can tell you this was never on our radar, and we didn't really have any signs." 4. White flash5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Robert Allard, Pott Family Attorney:"Today in Santa Clara County Superior Court, we will be filing a wrongful death cause of action against these three young men, and we intend to prove in a court of law that their actions not only for the sexual assault but what they did afterwards, the despicable, horrific, traumatic, defaming and savage actions they did in the next seven days broke her. She couldn't hande it, and she did the worst thing a parent can ever imagine is that she ended her life."STORYLINE:The family of a girl who committed suicide after she was sexually battered and then cyberbullied with a humiliating photo planned to file a civil action against the suspects on Monday.Audrie Pott's father, mother and step-mother made their first public comments about their daughter's death and the events leading to it during an interview with Fox News that was followed by a news conference.They said they were outraged by what they see as a refusal to take responsibility by the three boys arrested in the attack on the 15-year-old girl in Saratoga, a bedroom community on the fringe of Silicon Valley. "We intend to prove in a court of law that their actions not only for the sexual assault but what they did afterwards, the despicable, horrific, traumatic, defaming and savage actions they did in the next seven days broke her," said Pott family attorney Robert Allard, who also spoke at the press conference. In addition, Lisa Pott, the girl's stepmother, said the boys were sober, making their actions cold and calculated. The suspects were friends of Audrie, family attorney Robert Allard said.Audrie's father, Larry Pott, said he was astounded that defense lawyers for the three have said there is no link between the sharing of the humiliating photo and his daughter's decision to end her life. He became emotional while discussing his daughter's memory."We hope that in some small way that Audrie's story and death could help others or cause this epidemic of sexual assault, disseminating photographs, cyberbullying, and bullying to stop," said Larry Pott. The boys were arrested Thursday _ eight months after Audrie Pott posted online that her life was ruined and then hanged herself. Audrie's mother, Sheila Pott, says she had no warnings and saw no signs that her daughter was suicidal because she says Audrie kept her feelings from her family. "I think that Audrie did try to reach out to some of her friends for help, but she didn't reach out to an adult that knew how to handle the gravity of this situation," said Sheila Pott. "I think if she did, she would still be with us."(***END****)