On 8 January 2012 the lives of 2 young girls from Maryville, Missouri were forever changed. Daisy & Paige, two lifelong best friends were raped and then subsequently videotaped in the act. Daisy who was unable to even speak coherently let alone consent to sex, was raped by Matthew Barnett. Afterwards, Daisy was thrown onto her front lawn in 20 degree weather with no shoes, hair frozen, body shivering. In March of 2012 the charges against their attackers were dropped due to the poor investigation conducted by law enforcement.
On 9 January 2014, the world witnessed another injustice as a society plagued by rape culture was once again violated. Matthew Barnett plead guilty to a charge of Misdemeanor Child Endangerment & sentenced to only 2 years of probation, 100 hours of community service, and had to apologize to the victims. Matthew Barnett will not serve one single day in jail for the rape of Daisy Coleman. Matthew Barnett, the souless monster who raped a girl that couldn’t even speak and abandoned her body in the snow will not spend a day in jail. This will not be tolerated. We cannot allow rapists to walk the streets freely while survivors run and hide.
It’s time to put the Nodaway County officials who handled this case in 2012 under a spotlight. They must be investigated for their mishandling of this case. We will be asking state and/or federal officials to come into Nodaway County and perform said investigation. There is no doubt in my mind that if they handled this case properly, the guilty parties would be serving a jail sentence.
We have planned a rally and wish for everyone to spread this around. We are hoping to create a public forum where everyone can gather to support Daisy and contribute experiences that relate to her situation as well. Tell Nodaway County how this type of injustice will no longer be tolerated. We will continue to hold rally after rally after rally until our voices are heard and an investigation has begun.
Event: #OpNodaway Rally
Date: 22 February 2014 (gives people plenty of time to plan and show up)
Time: 11:00 am (Will run all day or until the crowd dwindles)
Where: Nodaway County Courthouse; 305 N. Main, Maryville, MO 64468
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1511769485713883
Follow the twitter accounts @OpNodaway or @Justice4TVictim, if you wish to remain updated on the progress or have ANY questions.
Feel free to bring something to cover your face if you don’t wish to be known (Mask, Bandana, etc…)
We will be planning a twitterstorm for the future. Stay tuned on this development.
Nodaway County should have expected us.