Ms. Daisy Coleman and her connection to Audrey and Daisy.

Ms. Daisy Coleman is a renowned advocate and subject of the Netflix documentary known as Audrey and Daisy. At the age of 14 years, Ms. Coleman made the allegation that she was raped at a party held in Maryville, Missouri, back in the year 2012.

Ms. Coleman’s case drew national attention and concern as she claimed to be threatened and bullied after the incident. The charge against the teenage boy she had accused of raping her was dropped.

She alleged to have been assaulted after the 17-year-old boy intoxicated her. His name is Matthew Barnet. The incident happened at a house party in January 2012 when she was 14 years old.

Matthew Barnet got charged with a felony sexual assault. However, the case was later dropped, making Ms. Coleman’s family believe all this has something to do with Matthew’s family having some political connections. Matthew pleaded guilty to a charge that was lesser of child endangerment, arguing that his sexual actions with Ms. Coleman had been consensual.

Daisy’s sexual assault case by Matthew sparked nation-wide discussions over the rise in juvenile rape cases in the entire US. Daisy and her family were later forced to relocate from Maryville after harassment and threats.

Ms. Coleman was later featured in an award-winning in 2016 Netflix documentary known as Audrey and Daisy, which illustrated the harassment and bullying faced by teenage sexual assault victims.

The girl whom she acted in the documentary known as Audrey Pot took her life in September 2012 a few days after she was also assaulted sexually.

Due to the rise in sexual assault cases among the teens, Ms. Coleman helped to co-find the SafeBae (Before Anyone Else), which was a non-profit charity organization to help prevent sexual assaults in schools.

It is believed that Ms. Coleman had worked tirelessly to help young survivors and would want them to know that they are loved, heard, they matter, and some places and people can help them get the help they need.

Coleman took her life on Tuesday night at the age of 23; her mother discovered her cold body and informed the police requesting them to do a welfare check. The area police received a call around 4 am by Melinda, her mother. The police sent some paramedics to as a crisis intervention according to a news source known as the TMZ.

Melinda always stated that ‘She was my best friend and amazing daughter.” ”I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I cant.’’ She said, saying that she wished she could help her take away all the pain she ever had. She had never recovered from what the boy Matthew did to her, and it is not fair, ‘’My girl is gone.’’

It is believed that Audrey and Daisy opted to follow the young woman’s experiences of trauma and the impact on her family following the alleged attack she suffered while she was a teen.



The incidences of marginalization, normalizing and assuming the victim is lying are more prominent than the people coming forward to tell their stories. Thousands of young men and women are harassed and victimized for coming forward with their stories of rape and abuse in school settings, at parties and events. Treating the victim as the criminal is something is looking to highlight as something to change in our society. The laws around accusation are stricter for the victim, than the accused and networks of relatives, family and friends of the criminal rapists and abusers are so deep they force the victim to stop seeking justice, and often move away from their homes as if they are to be blamed for being raped.

The shame and suffering of the victim is endless. They must relive the abuse and torture over and over, in their minds, it never goes away because rape is the most invasive act in our society. It is the forcing of one person’s body into another’s, the twisting of will and trust into something shameful and secretive. We blame the victim in so many ways in our society that those nice people up the block, might get behind the accused and fight against justice because it is seen as the victim’s fault.

Ms Daisy Coleman stood against the way victims are treated, and we treated her as the criminal, that she as the raped had done something wrong. Then we allowed those who abuse, and protect abusers, attack her, over and over, until the rape, relived daily, the fear mounted daily, and the abuse and shame, bashing her, finally made her take her life, because for the victim there is no relief from rape, and is thousands of times worse for a minor.