Rape, Blame, Harrassment, Arson: This Is Why I Am Saying My Name

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Abby Zimet

Mirroring the Steubenville rape case, a horrific story from the small town of Maryville, Missouri, where 14-year-old Daisy Coleman - she has come forward and identified herself - and another underage friend were allegedly raped, Daisy by an older football player, hometown star and grandson of a prominent politico, whose charges were suddenly dropped after, it was said, "favors were being called in." Coleman's family was harrassed, bullied and driven from town; they faced responses like the local sheriff's "they're just going to have to get over it" and a Fox News guest's "I'm not saying she deserved to be raped but...."; Daisy went public after suffering through depression and two suicide attempts - "I lost all faith in religion and humanity. I saw myself as Ugly inside and out (and) burned and carved the ugly I saw into my arms, wrists, legs and anywhere I could find room" - and their house mysteriously burned down. After considerable outrage, a special prosecutor was named Tuesday to review the case. The next day, a rally organized by Anonymous and local women's rights activists drew several hundred people demanding Justice For Daisy in the name of "someone who has decided to use her voice."

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