According to a report from the New York Times, the once completed investigation and dismissal of charges in the rape in Maryville is about to be reopened.
A special Prosecutor has been assigned to the case in which an under-aged girl was plied with alcohol, raped and dumped semi-conscious on her front-lawn in freezing weather. Even with clear-cut evidence and a phone video of the incident, the local DA declined to press charges against the scion of a prominent family.
Jean Peters Baker, who is now heading up the investigation, has announced that politics will play no role in her decisions and actions.
The small town of Maryville with a population of 12,000 turned on the victim Daisy Coleman and her family. Daisy, who stepped forward with her identity, has been further shamed, bullied and vilified through social media and at school activities.
The hacking organization Anonymous has taken on the case, in their “Justice4Daisy” campaign,
Anonymous focused on the local county prosecutor Robert Rice, tweeting his phone number to millions of followers. They are also targeting the suspect, Matthew Barnett and his family, which is very influential.
In addition to the horrific crime of rape, survivors often endure slander, insults and taunts from people in their community and online, all while the victim is trying to heal from their own physical and emotional trauma.
Today, Anonymous is planning a rally for Daisy and 2,000 people are expected to attend and support her. The young Ms. Coleman and her mother urge those coming to the rally to act responsibly and orderly.
Daisy Coleman is fighting to reclaim her life and help others who are shamed by too many in society after being raped.