Girl, 12, ‘took own life after being bullied for being raped’ claims mum

The mother of a 12-year-old girl who died earlier this month said her little girl was bullied online after reporting being raped.

Mum Rachel Halliwell said her daughter, Semina Halliwell, was "traumatised" after being raped and groomed.

"After having her innocence taken, Semina was bullied online on a daily basis. She couldn't take it anymore," Rachel said.

The tragic case was spoken about at a parliamentary committee this morning, where Labour MP Apsana Begum asked Education Secretary Gavin Williamson what could be done to help protect children like Semina from sexual harassment and abuse.

"I wanted to highlight the case of Semina who was 12 years old who disclosed that she'd been raped, and has committed suicide last week," Ms Begum said.

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12-year-old Semina died after spending four nights in hospital.

Ms Begum added: "She was put into a coma on the Friday (June 11). The very last words my baby said to me before they put her in a coma was that she was raped.

"She was a fighter. She survived three heart attacks."

Mum Rachel says that the devastating incident was reported to the police.

Previously speaking to the Liverpool Echo, she said: "Semina was so beautiful and so funny. She loved singing and dancing.

"She had been asked by model agencies to work for them but she wasn't confident enough. She didn't see how beautiful she was."

Rachel went on: "She was loving and caring and loved her brothers Rafy and Jorge so much, and she was so loved by friends and family, far and wide.

"I am heartbroken beyond words. There is a void in my heart that can never be filled."

Hundreds of tributes from people across the country have been paid to the 12-year-old.

"Absolutely heart-breaking, sending love to her family," Claire Louise Church said.

Helen Leary wrote: "Rest in paradise sweetheart."

A spokesman from Merseyside Police said: "We can confirm we are investigating an allegation of rape in Southport in February this year.

"A report was received on 23 March that a 12-year-old girl had been raped at an address in Southport on 25 February.

"An investigation was launched and a juvenile has voluntarily attended a police station for an interview.

"Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

"Anyone who wants to report a rape or sexual offence allegation is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers, or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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