There’s a part of me that thinks we should just give Daisy Coleman privacy and space.
But I don’t want this case ignored, either. I want the truth to come out.
So I will share the latest headline for Daisy Coleman, the Missouri teenager who was allegedly raped after being plied with alcohol by a high school senior two years ago in the small town of Maryville: She attempted suicide Sunday night by taking an overdose and was taken to a Kansas City, Mo. children’s psychiatric hospital, her mother, Melinda Coleman, told Fox4 News.
It’s the third time she’s tried to kill herself, her mother said.
Monday Coleman posted on Facebook: “Where is anonymous now? My daughter has been terrorized to the point she tried to kill herself last night. She may never be ok. Where are you and your super hacking skills and internet help now…….we really need them”
The hactivist group Anonymous had taken up Daisy Coleman’s cause in October after a Kansas City Star story told of the night in January 2012 that Daisy Coleman and a friend sneaked out of her house and went to the home of Matthew Barnett, a high school senior, where they said they drank and were then forced to have sex.
The Nodaway County prosecutor ended up dropping charges against Barnett and the other boys at the party; some believe Barnett’s grandfather, a former state legislator, had the clout to protect his grandson. A minor accused of sexually assaulting Coleman’s friend did go to juvenile court.
Anonymous declared war on Maryville, resulting in international attention and the appointment of a special prosecutor.
The Coleman family had returned to their hometown of Albany, Mo. I hoped the bullying would end once they left Maryville, but apparently not, although it’s not clear whether the girls who participated in the latest round of cyber attacks against Daisy were from Maryville or Albany.
Coleman told the MailOnline that she let her daughter go to a party this past weekend. “Then she came home and saw Facebook. (One girl) decided to write something saying ‘you’re a fake and a phoney,’ ‘you wanted it’ and ‘you’re a slut’ because she went to the party.”
Daisy Coleman’s last tweet on Sunday sounds like a cry for help: “Don’t give up they say. You’re so strong they say. But none of you even know me.”
Her mother took to Facebook herself Monday and verbally attacked the girls she blamed for harassing Daisy in a heated exchange.
Normally, media outlets do not release the names of rape victims or publicize suicide attempts. But Daisy Coleman’s mother has gone public with their story. The two appeared several times on CNN in October. In fact, Daisy “had been pretty good, when we were doing interviews and she felt like people were supporting her and honestly being in bigger cities where people were more open-minded it was helping her a lot,” Melinda Coleman said.
“When we got back here where we had to be quiet, it became really, really hard. For both of us.”