A grieving mum said she fears “bullies” will spoil a funeral service for her 12-year-old daughter who took her life after allegedly being raped.
Semina Halliwell, from Southport, died on June 12 after spending four days in hospital, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Devastated mum Rachel has organised a service to “celebrate the life” of her teenage daughter, but fears those attending will be targets of abuse by “bullies”.
Rachel had previously said “everyone is invited” to the funeral, which will take place at St Patrick’s Church in Marshside, Southport, on July 23 at 12.30pm.
But she has since received some horrifying messages seen by the Echo and which appear to show someone who knew Semina telling Rachel they had been told they’d “get battered at the funeral” if they attended.
The message continued: “I’m scared to go”.
Rachel said: “If these people ruin my daughter’s funeral I will be very upset.”
The distraught mum previously told the news outlet Semina had reported being raped and then bullied online over what had happened before she died.
She said: “After having her innocence taken, Semina was bullied online on a daily basis. She couldn’t take it any more.”
Semina’s tragic case was raised at a parliamentary committee last week, when Labour MP Apsana Begum asked Education Secretary Gavin Williamson what more can be done to help protect children from sexual harassment and abuse.
Ms Begum said: “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.”
A Merseyside Police spokesman 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 interview.
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“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.”