Daisy Coleman, the teenager who was run out of the town of Maryville, Missouri, after accusing a local football star Matthew Barnett of raping her, was rushed to hospital on the night of January 5, reports Fox Kansas City.
Here’s that you need to know:
1. Daisy May Have Brain Damage
Her mother, Melinda, has said that her daughter is suffering from a brain injury caused by a suicide attempt. Latest reports indicate that Daisy Coleman is recovering at a children’s psychiatric hospital in Kansas City. She is said to be in stable condition.
2. She Was Called a ‘Slut’ on Friday Night by Girls She Thought Were Her Friends
On January 4, her mother Melinda, said that her daughter attended a party with a friend for about an hour. When she returned home she was met with a string of abuse on her Facebook page from “friends.” The comments ranged from calling her a “hypocrite” to a “slut.” The basis for the attack was that Daisy attended the party at all, according to The Daily Mail.
3. Her Mother Is Demanding Action
Her mother has called on the hacktivist group Anonymous to strike back for Daisy.
4. The Rape Charges Pressed by Daisy Were Dropped Exactly a Year Ago
In January 2012, Daisy Coleman and a friend accused Matthew Barnett and another football player of raping them at a party. All charges were dropped against Barnett early in 2013, with Daisy’s family alleging that Barnett’s family connections had pulled strings to get him off the hook. After the charges disappeared, Coleman and her family were run out of town after a campaign of bullying and intimidation.
5. Daisy & Her Mother Started a National Campaign For Justice
Since the allegations garnered national media attention, Daisy and her mother became public figures, appearing on talkshows and news programmes to discuss their ordeal.