Girl, 12, took her own life after 'traumatic' bullying and rape
A grieving mum has detailed the final moments of her daughter's life before an alleged rape and onslaught of bullying led her to take her own life.
Semina Halliwell, from Southport in the UK, was just 12 years old when she attempted suicide on June 8th 2021, with the constant harassment leaving her "traumatised".
A year on, mum Rachel Halliwell still remembers the painful days following the suicide attempt, as her daughter spent four more days in the hospital before she eventually died.
"Today is the day I have been dreading," she wrote on Facebook last week. "Watching Semina go through the most horrific slow death that no parent should ever witness."
The mum claimed her daughter had been "raped and beaten three times", and after reporting it to the police, she was allegedly "bullied online everyday".
"There was a catalogue of harassment before the leading up to Semina's death. If that boy hadn't groomed and raped my daughter she would be here with me now," she claimed.
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'Reliving every second'
A vigil was held this week for Semina, who was in Year 7 when she died.
Ms Halliwell told the Liverpool Echo that the hardest part was watching her daughter slowly die over four days in hospital.
But now she feels like she's "reliving every second of it" because "this time last year she was going through all of this".
"She was a baby and she should be here and she's not. I've not had any time, because of everything that's been going on, to grieve properly," she said.
"I appreciate everyone coming to [the vigil to] remember her, and everyone's love and support."
Torment continued after her death
Following her daughter's death, her mum feared Semina's bullies would "gatecrash" her funeral, the Daily Star reported.
Ms Halliwell claimed there'd been threats made to some who knew her daughter saying they'd "get battered at the funeral" if they attended.
Following this, just three months after Semina had died, the 12-year-old's grave was "trashed," her mum claims.
Remembering her daughter, Ms Halliwell said she was a "beautiful" girl.
"Semina was so beautiful and so funny," she said. "She loved singing and dancing."
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