Daisy Coleman: Assault survivor in Netflix film takes own life

Carla Harmon
August 6, 2020

Daisy Coleman, the leading voice in the 2016 Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy has died at the age of 23.

Daisy's mother, Melinda Coleman, has revealed on Facebook that her beloved daughter took her own life. Baker was brought in to reopen the case after the Colemans and others criticized Rice for dismissing a felony charge against Barnett.

She was 14-years-old in January 2012 when she was allegedly sexually assaulted at a house party in Missouri, after being plied with alcohol.

"I wish I could have taken the pain from her!"

Daisy's mother Melinda said she "never recovered" from what happened. "My baby girl is gone", she added.

Ultimately, no sexual assault charges were filed against Barnett and he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of endangering the welfare of a child and received a suspended sentence, Time reported in 2014. Ms Coleman and her family eventually moved out of Maryville after threats and daily harassment in school.

Audrie & Daisy also focused on the sexual assault of Audrie Pott in September 2012 in California.

"We are shattered and shocked by her passing from suicide", the organization said in a Twitter thread.

Daisy Coleman was found dead in Denver after her mother called police to check on her, said Shael Norris, executive director of SafeBAE, a group Daisy Coleman co-founded to help young victims of sexual assault.

Coleman was the driving force behind the formation of SafeBAE after the documentary, said Norris, who called her death "an irreplaceable loss". "She fought longer and harder than we will ever know". Nothing inspired her more than knowing she could help other survivors and work to prevent sexual violence. She had been in EMDR therapy for 2 years, working on her triggers and healing from the many traumas in her life.

You can contact the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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