LIBERTY, Mo. (WR) — An advocate for sexual abuse victims who grew to become the topic of a Netflix documentary after alleging she was sexually assaulted at age 14 in Missouri has died by suicide, in line with her mom and a co-worker.
Melinda Coleman, the mom of Daisy Coleman, introduced her daughter’s demise Tuesday on Fb. She was 23.
“She was my greatest buddy and wonderful daughter,” Melinda Coleman wrote. “I believe she needed to make it seem to be I might stay with out her. I can’t. I want I might have taken the ache from her! She by no means recovered from what these boys did to her and it’s simply not honest. My child woman is gone.”
Daisy Coleman was discovered useless in Denver after her mom known as police to verify on her, mentioned Shael Norris, government director of SafeBAE, a bunch Daisy Coleman co-founded to assist younger victims of sexual assault. Norris mentioned she heard the information from Coleman’s brother.
Coleman appeared in a 2016 Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” which adopted her and her household as they dealt along with her assault and the hostile response of the Maryville neighborhood to her allegations. She acknowledged in on-line feedback that she had tried to kill herself at the least twice earlier than.
The opposite woman featured within the documentary, 15-year-old Audrie Pott, died by suicide days after she mentioned she was sexually assaulted by three boys in September 2012 in Sarasota, California.
Coleman was the driving power behind the formation of SafeBAE after the documentary, mentioned Norris, who known as her demise “an irreplaceable loss.”
“She was actually, actually good at what she did,” Norris mentioned, as a result of youngsters who’ve been assaulted knew she understood their issues
“It’s an enormous loss for the tradition typically as a result of I believe it was her resilience that has impressed so many different survivors to get assist and communicate out,” Norris mentioned.
On Jan. 8, 2012, Daisy and a 13-year-old buddy sneaked out of Daisy’s home and have been picked up by Matthew Barnett, who was 17 on the time, and another boys. They took the women to a celebration at Barnett’s home.
Daisy advised investigators she was given a transparent liquid earlier than being raped in a bed room whereas a second boy recorded the act on his cellphone. Officers mentioned through the investigation that the video now not existed. The boys then left her on her porch the place she stayed in freezing temperatures for a number of hours earlier than she was discovered.
Barnett admitted having intercourse with Daisy however mentioned it was consensual.
Coleman’s case was taken up by sexual assault sufferer advocates throughout the nation and prompted rallies and outrage, notably after a Kansas Metropolis Star report on the residents of Maryville reacting negatively to the Colemans.
Barnett pleaded responsible in January 2014 to a misdemeanor little one endangerment cost and was sentenced to 2 years of probation and a four-month suspended jail time period.
Barnett’s sentence got here after Nodaway County’s then-prosecutor, Robert Rice, and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker each decided there was not sufficient proof to pursue a rape cost. Baker was introduced in to reopen the case after the Colemans and others criticized Rice for dismissing a felony cost towards Barnett.
Melinda Coleman alleged Rice dropped the felony cost due to political strain — Barnett’s grandfather was a four-term Missouri state consultant who was a state trooper for 32 years. Rice mentioned he dropped the cost as a result of the Colemans stopped cooperating along with his investigation.