Daisy Coleman: Anonymous Demands Justice For Maryville Rape Victim

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Anonymous, everyone's favorite hacktavist collective, has set its digital sights on the rural Missouri town of Maryville, the site of a convoluted and horrible rape case involving two teenage girls and a three high school athletes.

In January fourteen-year-old Daisy Coleman and a thirteen-year-old friend met up with a handful of high school seniors. Two of the boys had sex with the girls, while a third videotaped. Coleman's mother found her the next morning slumped on the front lawn with a with a blood-alcohol level of 0.13.

The girl spent the freezing night outside in just a T-shirt and sweatpants after seventeen-year-old football player Matthew Barnett and his friends deposited her there following a party. Both Coleman and her friend were later examined in a hospital, revealing physical evidence of recent sexual activity. Barnett and the two other boys eventually confessed to their roles in the incident, and the three star athletes soon found themselves facing various felony and misdemeanor charges.

Those charges, however, were short-lived.

See also: Cops: Trever Sawyer, Elsberry Man Accused of Rape, Told Victim to Lie, "Destroy Her iPod"

First reported after a seven-month investigation by the Kansas City Star, this seemingly airtight case inexplicably fell apart in a matter of months, and all charges were ultimately dropped.

The story has been tearing a viral path through social media since Sunday, and the addition of Barrett's ties to a prominent Missouri political family have caught the attention of national and international media.

Having involved itself in other high-profile rape cases, it's little surprise that Anonymous took notice of Maryville. The group launched #OpMaryville on Monday with the release of a statement and a corresponding video.

Here's an except of the statement (which you can read in full on the next page):

We demand an immediate investigation into the handling by local authorities of Daisy's case. Why was a suspect, who confessed to a crime, released with no charges? How was video and medical evidence not enough to put one of these football players inside a court room? What is the connection of these prosecutors, if any, to Rep. Rex Barnett? Most of all, We are wondering, how do the residents of Maryville sleep at night?

We have heard Daisy's story far too often. We heard it from Steubenville, Halifax and Uttar Pradesh. In some cases, it was too late. Both Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons, girls not much older than Daisy, took their own lives after the adults, the police and the school system, failed to protect them. If Maryville won't defend these young girls, if the police are too cowardly or corrupt to do their jobs, if justice system has abandoned them, then we will have to stand for them. Mayor Jim Fall, your hands are dirty. Maryville, expect us.

Here's the video, which in traditional Anonymous style is both emotionally forceful and enormously creepy.

Anonymous conducted a similar operation in Ohio against Steubenville High School in 2012. The group dug up and posted tweets, videos and Instagram photos of Steubenville athletes joking about raping an intoxicated sixteen-year-old high school student.

At this point there is no indication that the case will be reinvestigated.

See also: Anonymous Takes On Monsanto, and Monsanto Responds

As detailed in the Star's story, Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice has held firm that the case against the three athletes isn't as solid as it seems from the outside. He is quoted in the story saying:

"They were doing what they wanted to do, and there weren't any consequences. And it's reprehensible. But is it criminal? No."

Continue for the full text of Anonymous's statement on #OpMaryville

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12 comments
christopher168
christopher168

Why didn't Prosecutor Rice just push the case forward, he had enough evidence, confessions and even the support of the the victim herself who wanted to see the case go forward (something his office denies, but why?), who at all times cooperated with his office.

Why would Rice just back off like that? Who was he protecting, bowing to, apologizing for? Did he just think the girl asked for it, was sleazy cause she sneaked out to get to the party? Did she really change her story or fail to cooperate as his office insists?

Of course the question now is, is there enough political will to get the case re opened especially now that Lt gov Kinder wants a grand jury and with anonymous breathing down everyone's neck? Then again why did it even have to resort to this in the first place....? So much for justice for all…..

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2013/10/will-daisy-coleman-rape-case-re-opened/

imastar7
imastar7

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO REALLY BURN FOR THIS!!! 

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Good going RFT you actually published a good article.

Jason Goad
Jason Goad

These type of crimes are overlooked too often. These woman will have repercussions the rest of their life. The boys involved should be punished.

Manju Pandey Owoso
Manju Pandey Owoso

If it wasn't for Anonymous, cases like these would be swept under the rug.

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

Incidents like this don't bolster my pride in my State!

Bridget Kelly
Bridget Kelly

"But is it criminal? No." Are you f!@king kidding me? Rape is ILLEGAL

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

NW Missouri is a hell hole and the damn politicans are as corrupt as hell, including my numbskull congressman Graves. I hope Anonymous raises hell and puts a chunk under it.

Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

" "Barnett’s grandfather, Rex, a Republican state representative, claims that the dismissal had nothing to do with political influence. "

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