Monday, October 28, 2013

She Still Needs Our Help

Trigger Warning:  T  The first article about this case had a title something like "He Confessed but He's Still Free."

A new prosecutor could mean that Daisy Coleman's rapist may finally be brought to
justice. But he's been let off the hook before, and right now is the time to make
sure it doesn't happen again.
Click to sign the open letter from moms and dads demanding justice for Daisy.
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Melinda Coleman woke up one January morning to find her 14-year-old daughter barely
conscious, lying in the freezing cold at her front door in Maryville, Missouri. But
the real horror came when she realized Daisy had been raped, then dumped in her front
lawn by her attacker.1
Despite his confession, witness accounts, and a mountain of evidence, the charges
were dropped. Daisy's well-connected rapist is free, but the Coleman family has been
bullied, ostracized, and even forced to move out of town.
Now, the Colemans have another chance for justice.
 After they took their story to the press, and 70,000 UltraViolet members spoke out,
a special prosecutor was appointed to take over from local authorities.
 But Daisy's attacker was let off the hook once before--seemingly thanks to his powerful
family. If we want justice, we have to make sure authorities know we're still paying
The new prosecutor is reviewing the evidence and will be deciding soon how aggressively
to pursue the case--and before she decides, we need to make sure she hears from all
of us how important it is to hold rapists accountable.
In a horrific crime against a child, the voices of parents can be especially powerful.
That's why mother and UltraViolet member Marian Bradley wrote an open letter for
moms and dads to sign urging justice for Daisy Coleman. Can you add your name to
her letter?
Sign the open letter from moms and dads.
Not a parent?
Please co-sign the letter as a concerned citizen.
Here's the text of the letter that Marian is sending to the special prosecutor assigned
Daisy Coleman's case:
Dear Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker:
We are writing as mothers and fathers who have seen stories like Daisy Coleman's
too many times. From Steubenville, Ohio to Billings, Montana to the countless girls
and women whose stories don't make headline news, too many daughters are raped and
sexually assaulted in this country. This must stop.
In Maryville, you have a chance to get justice for Daisy Coleman and send a message
that these crimes will not go unpunished. You can show the entire country that popularity,
positions of authority, or political connections do not give anyone license to rape
or sexually assault young girls with impunity.
The crimes committed against Daisy deserve a thorough and rigorous prosecution. Thank
you for taking on this case. We're counting on you to get justice.
Marian Bradley, Billings, MT
Your name here
The more people who sign this letter, the more powerful our message will be.
Add your name.
Thanks for speaking out,
-Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team
Nightmare in Maryville: Teens’ sexual encounter ignites a firestorm against family
, Kansas City Star, October 12, 2013
2. Ibid.
Special prosecutor appointed to investigate Missouri rape case
, Los Angeles Times, October 21, 2013
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