Daisy Coleman's rape stirs anger after charges against teens get dropped
(CNN) - A Missouri teenager and her family are searching for justice after charges that an older male classmate raped her were dropped and the young victim became the target of bullying.
Daisy Coleman says that two years ago, she was raped by a prominent member of the football team while she was a freshman at Maryville High School in rural Missouri. She says that she and some friends went to the player's house, where they were given some alcohol to drink.
"He gave me a big glass of a clear liquid and that's all I remember," she said. According to the Kansas City Star, her blood alcohol content was still at 0.13 long after the assault.
That's when she says she was raped by the teenager while another person took video of the assault on a cell phone. Witnesses told police that Daisy, just 14 at the time, was crying as she was carried out of the alleged suspect's bedroom.
Within four hours, authorities had the suspect and other in jail in connection with the assault. However, according to the Kansas City Star, when the suspect's prominent family stepped in on his behalf, the charges in Daisy's rape were dropped two months later.
Darren White, the sheriff in Nodaway County, says he's certain that not only is Daisy a victim, but he says the suspects even confessed to the heinous crime. However, authorities say that a victim never stepped forward, leaving them unable to charge the suspects.
Daisy's mother says that that the latter isn't true; she insists her daughter told authorities everything.
"I also talked to the sheriff and the captain and told them everything I knew," Melinda Coleman said. "That is also in the police report, so that is absolutely not true."
Meanwhile, after the charges were dropped, Daisy and her siblings say they faced an onslaught of bullying and namecalling at school and online. It got so bad that Daisy twice tried to take her own life.
"You hear it so often that you're all these different things...you start to believe it and I started to hate myself," Daisy said.
The harassment got so bad that the family decided that they had to move, and to make matters worse, their house mysteriously caught fire while it was for sale. Authorities still don't know what caused the blaze.
Attempts by CNN to contact the prosecutor and lawyer's for the suspects parents in Daisy's case were not successful.