Why has this particular case made national news?
Have you heard of the group Anonymous?
Today, we are looking at a case that has recently made national headlines. The 2012 alleged rape case has now attracted media attention that has turned it into a movement known as ‘Justice For Daisy’. The questionable handling of the case back in 2012 by the police drew in the group known as Anonymous to seek justice for one teenage girl.
The 2012 Case
Back in 2012, Daisy Coleman, who was 14 at the time, was at a sleepover in Maryville, Missouri. At some point during the night, Daisy left the sleepover with a 17-year-old high school football player named Matt Barnett. Allegedly, Barnett gave alcohol to Daisy and then raped her. Fox News even reported that another boy taped the alleged rape on his cellphone.
While victims of alleged sexual assault usually go unnamed in the media, Daisy and her mother have given their consent.
Why the Charges Were Dropped
Daisy and her mother filed charges against the football player. However, according to the prosecuting attorney, Robert L. Rice, Daisy and her family were no longer cooperating, so he was forced to drop the chargers against Barnett. However, according to the family, they never stopped cooperating.
Instead, the family believes that the charges against Matt Barnet were dropped because he is the grandson of Rex Barnett, former state legislator. After the chargers were dropped, Daisy and her family began to be harassed by people in their community causing the family to move 100 miles away. The harassment included Daisy’s mother losing her job and a fire that burned their home down after they moved.
Anonymous Gets Involved
According to CNN, Anonymous is an activist hacking group that is better known for defending the freedoms of the Internet. Many believe that Anonymous sees themselves as a defender of the defenseless. Tuesday, the group Anonymous gave a statement concerning Daisy Coleman’s case. Here is that statement,
“We demand an immediate investigation into the handling by local authorities of Daisy’s case,” Anonymous said. “We have heard Daisy’s story far too often. We heard it from Steubenville, Halifax and Uttar Pradesh. … 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.”
Now, Daisy’s case is being reopened and a new prosecuting attorney has been assigned to the case. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Perters Baker told CNN,
On Monday, a new special prosecutor promised to review the case “without fear and without favor.” I know that this case has raised a variety of concerns in northwest Missouri, so please know this: This case will be thoroughly reviewed.”
What actually happened that night is still yet to be determined, but Daisy now has her chance at justice.
So, what do you think? Will Matt Barnett be convicted on rape charges? Or will the trial show that there indeed wasn’t enough sufficient evidence? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.