We all remember the case in Steubenville from last year, where a young girl was raped by two players of the football team. We all remember how the girl was forgotten about in the wake of the media mourning to death of the boys’ football careers. We all remember how the girl was treated like an outsider in her town for an act she had no control over. Unfortunately, we’re seeing that again in Maryville, MO.
Daisy Coleman was 14 years old at the time when she was drugged and raped by a senior from her school. When she came forward about it, instead of attending to her, the town turned their backs on her. The felony charges the Coleman family filed were dropped. When more girls came out, revealing similar stories to Daisy, the town continued to turn a blind eye to the issue. The people claim it was her fault because she was drinking that night. She and her family were terrorized- he brother got bullied at school, her mother lost her job, their house burned down.
The boy who raped Matt, was a football player from a prominent Missouri family. He has not yet suffered any major repercussions- his family did not lose their jobs, he was not bullied or mistreated for what he had done, he was not painted in a negative light in his local spheres of social media.
It’s sad that this girl and her family were terrorized for her speaking out against her rapist. This is not what justice is. Daisy is inspiring for how strong she has been through this-she has continued to fight out against the injustice she is facing. She has not let the antagonism she has faced slow her down, and I cannot see her stopping any time soon. I won’t say anything else, because I feel that the details of this case say so much more than I ever could.
- Anonymous Warns of Steubenville Redux in Maryville Rape Case (nymag.com)
- Is Maryville, Missouri the Next Steubenville? (jezebel.com)