Mum's tribute to daughter, 12, who took her own life 'after being raped and bullied’

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Semina Halliwell, 12, died on 12 June after spending four nights in hospital. (Facebook/Rachel Halliwell)
Semina Halliwell, 12, died on 12 June after spending four nights in hospital. (Facebook/Rachel Halliwell)

A grieving mother has raised more than £3,000 to help set up a charity to raise awareness of online grooming after her daughter took her own life.

Semina Halliwell, 12, of Southport in Merseyside, died on 12 June after spending four nights in hospital.

Her mother, Rachel Halliwell, said she was setting up the charity as a tribute to her daughter, who she says was bullied and raped.

Ms Halliwell says she will use the money to take a portrait of Semina to galleries around the UK, while also setting up a charity foundation in her daughter’s name “to help raise awareness of online grooming and bullying”.

Semina Halliwell died after spending four days in hospital. (Facebook/Rachel Halliwell)
Semina Halliwell died after spending four days in hospital. (Facebook/Rachel Halliwell)

It was reported in March that a 12-year-old was raped at an address in Southport on 25 February and Semina was bullied online and in person about her ordeal during the Investigation.

Ms Halliwell posted clips of her daughter apparently being hit and kicked around a month after the alleged rape.

She said that Semina continues to receive abuse after her death.

Speaking about the footage she shared on social media, Ms Halliwell told the Liverpool Echo: “I want the whole country to see what my daughter went through.

“I will not stop until I get justice for my baby.”

Paying tribute to her daughter after her death, Ms Halliwell added: “I am heartbroken beyond words. There is a void in my heart that can never be filled.

“I cannot believe I will never see that beautiful, gorgeous girl again till I leave this earth to heaven. Her pain is over now.”

Semina Halliwell died on 12 June. (Facebook/Rachel Halliwell)
Semina Halliwell died on 12 June. (Facebook/Rachel Halliwell)

Merseyside Police said it is investigating the report of rape, and a “number of allegations relating to the same alleged victim received before and since her tragic death”.

A spokesperson added: “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 voluntarily attended a police station for interview.

“Extensive enquiries are ongoing into this allegation and other matters relating to the same alleged victim, and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

For confidential emotional support, contact The Samaritans at any time by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.org

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