#Justice4Daisy Campaign in Full Swing
The rape case involving victims 14-year-old Daisy Coleman and another unidentified 13-year old girl have caused a firestorm in the small town of Maryville, Missouri.
Much like the Steubenville case, the town has been split into two sides where many sympathized for the girls involved, while the others erupted into an angry mob of victim-blaming.
Now gaining nationwide attention, supporters of Daisy Coleman are coming out of the woodwork to protest the fact that out of the three boys arrested for sexual assault and distributing child pornography, their charges were dropped.
Daisy Coleman claims that on the night of January 8, 2012, she and her friend snook out to meet with three male classmates, one of whom was senior football player, Matthew Barnett.
Above: Daisy Coleman with her three brothers, one of whom warned her to stay away from Barnett.
When Coleman and her friend arrived, she claimed Barnett handed her a tall glass of “clear stuff” and told her to drink it. That was the last thing she remembered.
According to videos that circulated around Maryville High School, the two girls were filmed and photographed having sex with two of the boys there (the third was recording it).
Daisy’s friend, who had denied drinking alcohol that night, remembers vaguely what happened that night.
The next morning, Daisy was found unconscious on her family’s lawn, nearly freezing to death.
A rape kit concluded that she was sexually assaulted, with several vaginal tears found. And yet, even with the photographic evidence and a rape kit confirmation, none of the boys faced jail time.
The ‘Anonymous' campaign has been persistent on raising awareness that these boys should face justice.
Matthew Barnett has been the most notorious figure in this case due to his prominent family ties. Having a grandfather who was a longtime member of the House of Representatives, his wealthy Republican status has questioned if the rumors of ‘calling in favors’ for Matthew were true.
The two other boys involved are now both on athletic teams at Northwest Missouri State University, and Barnett is attending University of Central Missouri, his grandfather’s alma mater.
Adding insult to injury, Barnett’s Twitter page has now been locked after tweets like, “If her name begins with A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z, she wants the D.” caused an uproar.
The Coleman family, however, faced scrutiny from their hometown for their daughter’s involvement. Daisy’s mother was let go from her job, and Daisy was dismissed from the school’s cheerleading squad.
The family eventually relocated, and the children transferred schools. Daisy has been in routine therapy but has already experienced two suicide attempts. Just last April, the Coleman’s house in Maryville was burned down.
Above: The Coleman’s previous house in Maryville, MO.
Now with the attention this case has received, there is a #Justice4Daisy campaign which will coincide with a peaceful protest at the Nodaway County Courthouse in Maryville.
Fucking hell, people. I try to avoid posting heavy things on here, but after a long day of seeing this story (and researching it thereafter) I think it deserves a signal boost. Where as I do believe in due process and try to avoid vigilantism (as a historian I’ve seen the slippery slope that it can bring), sometimes the system doesn’t do its job and the people have the right to call for a second viewing of a case. Anyway, that’s my rant, I’ll hop off my soap box now.