Drawing on a deep reservoir of courage, Daisy Coleman, the girl at the center of the Maryville rape case, will press on with her fight. She will not stop speaking out about the rape and hopes to support other girls who survive such attacks.
This incident occurred and was known mostly only in the small Missouri town of Maryville until it went national last week.
To recap: a widow moves her family of four children away from their hometown to try to start fresh after her husband was killed in an automobile accident. In Maryville, the young daughter, Daisy, catches the eye of a popular high school student. One night she and her friend sneak out of the house. The football player Matthew Barnett had invited her to a party. Upon her arrival, she was given a drink, passed out, was sexually violated and dumped on her front law semi-conscious in freezing cold weather.
Even though the crime was videotaped in addition to a pile of other evidence, charges against the boy were dropped.
Coincidentally, Barnett is the grandson of a prominent local family.
The ensuing time has been hell for the family. The mother, a veterinarian, was fired and she was forced to move away from Maryville with her children.
That was the back-story. The young girl, who miraculously did not die from exposure has been subjected to bullying and taunts by her peers as well as her own demons. She has tried to commit suicide and has been urged to take her own life on social media.
Rape is a crime in which the victim is shamed and ostracized. Rape is not about sex, but power and control. It’s solely a violation of the person, usually a woman.
In the full-out War on Women, young girls are collateral damage and caught in the crosshairs of inequality and misogynist views of sex and pregnancy. Daisy Coleman, in spite of her harrowing experience will add her voice to those demanding justice, patience, tolerance and love.
But even though the local District Attorney feels that his office acted correctly, others disagree.
Anonymous began their Justice4Daisy campaign and a special prosecutor has been named
Read Daisy’s own poignant and brave words here. Also watch her and her mother on national television in the video below.