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A South Bay teenager, Audrie Potts who was the victim of an alleged drunken sexual assault committed suicide after she was sexually assaulted by three of her friends and a photo of the attack surfaced online. The three 16-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of sexual battery. The legal system is working behind the scenes to move the case from juvenile to adult court.

While the case makes its way through the legal system, Audrie's parents may file lawsuits against some students and their parents. Nicolas Ladany, Dean of Santa Clara University's School of Education and Counseling Psychology says suing can have a specific purpose. "It serves the purpose of saying to parents, we need to help our children understand what's appropriate and inappropriate behavior, both boys and girls," he said.

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Law banning gay conversation therapy goes to court. Nicolas Ladany said that everything about gay converstion therapy is wrong and unethical. "The bottom line is it is a form of shame-based therapy: you are not enough because you are gay," Ladany said. "I would say that anytime they're doing reparative therapy, it is a form of mental torture. It's a form of hurting someone intentionally because of one's own belief system that you are not OK."

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