Yesterday, Opposing Views reported on a horrifying case from Maryville, Mo., a teenage rape incident disturbingly similar to the recent Steubenville, Ohio case that resulted in the convictions of two high school football players for sexually assaulting an intoxicated teenage girl and making a video of the attack.
Now the online activist group Anonymous, who exposed frightening details of the Steubenville case that helped stop that incident from being swept under the rug, has jumped into the Maryville case as well.
In the Missouri incident, essentially the same terrible thing happened to Daisy Coleman as happened to the teenage Steubenville rape victim.
According to a shocking but extraordinarily well-reported piece by Kansas City Star reporter Dugan Arnett, the teenager, then just 14, was raped by an older football player after he made her drink an oversized tumbler of alcohol. The player’s friend allegedly filmed the rape on an iPhone.
But charges against the football player, Matthew Barnett, and his buddy Jordan Zech were mysteriously dropped. Constant bullying and harassment by townspeople and classmates drove Daisy to two suicide attempts. Her mother was fired from her job and the family ultimately moved away to escape the torment. But their house was destroyed in an unexplained fire before they could sell it.
Anonymous posted a statement online yesterday declaring the shadowy group’s plan to force a new investigation into the case, in which a second girl, then age 13, was also reportedly victimized.
“We demand an immediate investigation into the handling by local authorities of Daisy's case,” the group said in its statement. “Why was a suspect, who confessed to a crime, released with no charges? How was video and medical evidence not enough to put one of these football players inside a court room? What is the connection of these prosecutors, if any, to Rep. Rex Barnett? Most of all, We are wondering, how do the residents of Maryville sleep at night?”
It should be noted that according to police, the iPhone video of the rape was never found, though Zech told the cops that he recorded the incident.
The Anonymous group concludes the statement with a dramatic warning.
“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. Mayor Jim Fall, your hands are dirty. Maryville, expect us.”
In the Steubenville case, Anonymous and one of its offshoots uncovered a video of the alleged rapists and their friends bragging and joking about the sexual assault. The group also kept pressure on local officials by gathering and disseminating information about the case from various social media sites.
Members of the Anonymous group often wear Guy Fawkes masks (see picture), as originally seen in the film and comic book V For Vendetta.
A CNN interview with the Maryville victim and her mother, Melinda Coleman, is viewable below.