19 year old Masego hanged herself after suffering depression from Cyber bullying about her Sex Video

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Mashego Mofokeng from Songanguve committed suicide after her sex video was sent around the country via WhatsApp and twitter.

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Sinoville Crisis Centre (SCC) spokesperson Sonja Carstens said the teenager committed suicide after being subjected to cyberbullying. The sex video was doing the rounds for a long time.

“Her Ex Boyfriend allegedly distributed the sex video and this was forwarded on WhatsApp groups. The Sex Video started to circulate on social media and porn websites.”

The Sex Video showed the 19 year old Masego perfoming sexual acts with her Ex boyfriend. SCC CEO Colleen Strauss said the girl had been traumatised, and had asked her local pastors for help.

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The girl was afraid to go to the shops and her mother met with the church Pastor on Monday morning. Later on Monday morning her mother found her body at home.

“This heartbreaking incident is a wake-up call to everyone working with teen girls. They experience emotions much more severe and can be very impulsive. They don’t have the knowledge to realise in the spur of the moment that everything will be ok tomorrow,” Strauss said.

“This incident could have been prevented. There is always help. Suicide is not the solution.”

Strauss said bullying and sarcastic remarks are common on social media.

“Typical bully behaviour would be for girls to spread ‘gossip’ or false rumours about a friend in a peer group. It is also not unusual for girls to target boys. Especially children who are soft-spoken and shy are targeted.”

Strauss said parents should be on the lookout for changes in eating and sleeping patterns, irritability, moodiness or isolation from daily activities.

The SCC sent counsellors to the family to support her siblings and parents. The South African Police Service is investigating the allegations leading up to the suicide.

If you are struggling and need help, contact the SA Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) on 011 234 4837 or on the emergency suicide line‚ 0800 567 567.

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