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Victim's House Burned Down After She Accuses Football Star Of Rape


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Kit
- 188 days ago - thinkprogress.org
Days after the incident became public knowledge, students at the high school began attacking Daisy and her family.



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Kit B. (277)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 2:02 pm
Photo Credit: Think Progress



The Steubenville rape case attracted national attention last year because of how extraordinary — and terrible — that story was: A young girl was victimized first by her teenaged rapists, and then by the town itself, which engaged in the worst kind of victim-blaming and rushed to the defense of her attackers, who were athletes for the town’s pride and glory, the high school football team.

But in the months since that case first came to light, national attention has turned to more and more cases like Steubenville’s. Just this weekend, another, eerily similar story emerged — this time in the town of Maryville, Missouri.

The Kansas City Star published on Sunday their remarkable, seven-month investigation into an eerily similar story that unfolded last year in the small, northwestern Missouri town of Maryville. In this case, though, the rape victim never got to see her horror story go to trial — and the family’s terror hasn’t ended; they’ve even had their house burned down.

Fourteen-year-old Daisy and her 13-year-old friend were both high school freshman in January 2012, when they were invited to a house party by a senior star of the Maryville football team. Once there, the older girl was given a large glass filled with alcohol and urged by a room full of some of the school’s most popular athletes to drink it. She did, and they handed her a second glass.

The following morning, Daisy’s mother discovered her daughter, alone on her front lawn in sub-freezing temperatures, weeping. She helped Daisy into the bathtub after finding her outside, where she noticed reddish, irritated areas around her daughter’s genitalia and buttocks.

Daisy’s mom also found the 13-year-old friend was upstairs in Daisy’s room, also “confused.” Both girls were taken to a hospital. On Daisy’s body, a doctor found small vaginal tears emblematic of someone who has just had sex. The 13-year-old, who remembered the night’s events, told investigators she was forced to have sex, despite saying “no” over and over again.

Eyewitnesses who spoke with the Star, including Daisy’s 13-year-old friend, recall seeing Daisy being carried — crying — by some of the older boys out of the house into a car.

It didn’t take long for police to round up Barnett and other partiers for questioning. Barnett, a 17-year-old defensive end for the Maryville High School football team, admitted to having sex with Daisy but said it was consensual. Jordan Zech, a teammate and standout wrestler for Maryville, admitted to recording some of the encounter on another friend’s iPhone.

Within days, both were arrested in the case. Barnett was facing a felony sexual assault charge and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Zech was also charged, for sexual exploitation of a minor.

But like Steubenville before it, the town of Maryville revolted against the facts in the case.

Days after the incident became public knowledge, students at the high school began attacking Daisy and her family. On social media, fellow Maryville students began threatening Daisy, tweeting that she would “get whats comin.” Daisy’s older brother Charlie, who was himself an athlete for Maryville, was booed by his own classmates during a wrestling meet. Her mother, a veterinarian, was fired from her job two weeks after the incident without so much as an explanation, only later learning that her boss feared that her presence “was putting stress” on her other employees.

Meanwhile, members of the community rallied behind Barnett and the other perpetrators. In March, just over two months after the alleged rape took place, the most serious charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor were dropped without an explanation.

Daisy’s family moved away to avoid the threats and harassment they faced since her story first came to light. But the trouble didn’t end. Six months ago, their old house burned down mysteriously.

If the story sounds at all familiar, it’s because it almost mirrors the case in Steubenville, Ohio. Like Steubenville, the perpetrators were members of the high school’s immensely successful football team. Like Steubenville, the town of Maryville rallied behind the alleged rapists and ostracized the victim. And like Steubenville, the events in Maryville are quickly becoming a national story.

In some ways, though, the Maryville case is actually worse. Barnett, aside from being a celebrated athlete, also happens to be the grandson of a prominent Missouri state senator. Less than a week before the charges against Barnett and Zech were dropped, Daisy’s mother got a phone call from a friend who warned that ” favors were being called in and that the charges would be dropped.”

The Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice, who was responsible for the case against Barnett and Zech, also has political ties to Rex Barnett, the grandfather of Matt Barnett. When the mother of the victim sought an explanation from Rice as to why he dropped the charges against both boys, he ignored her phone calls. The Star finally tracked down Rice months later and asked the same question, and — in his office, where a picture of Rex Barnett hangs — he told the paper simply that it was due to a lack of evidence. He went on to dismiss the events of that night as the act of “incorrigible teenagers.”

The video that Zech admitted to filming on an iPhone has never surfaced, not even to police. And Missouri state law dictates that in cases where the charges are dropped, all of the records pertaining to the case — interviews with eyewitnesses, tests done on bedsheets, the results of rape kits — are sealed.

Even if Maryville didn’t learn anything from the Steubenville case, the media has an opportunity to show that they have. As rape cases have emerged in the national spotlight, news outlets from ABC News to Yahoo have been quick to portray the accused rapists as the real victims, denied of promising futures, or an opportunity to play in a few high school football games.
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By: Adam Peck | Think Progress |

Update:


zThe Raw Story reported on Monday that Anonymous, the hackivist organization that involved itself in the Steubenville rape case, has launched #OpMaryville, an effort to hold the alleged perpetrators — and those responsible for their prosecution — accountable. After Steubenville came to light, a similar group of Anonymous operatives threatened to publish personal information about the football players at the center of the rape investigation unless they offered a public apology. In a letter posted online, the group stated its demand for an investigation into why the charges were dropped and what — if any — role the suspect’s political connections played in the handling of the case.
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This is not a hoax - I checked numerous sources included but not limited to LA Times, USA Today, Slate.com, Mother Jones Magazine, and The Atlantic Wire.


 

JL A. (270)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 4:42 pm
I've seen two petitions asking the state's Attorney General to investigate the handling of this case in recent days--not sure I can find them though. Horrific.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 4:49 pm

I have looked for petitions so I could include them with this article. Please if anyone knows about the petitions either add them here or post them and let us all know so we can sign them. This speaks very poorly of our society, it also says that the Steubenville situation was not a one off, it's becoming all to common that the victim is tormented by her community.
 

JL A. (270)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 5:15 pm
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster: Investigate Robert Rice, Sheriff Darrin White, and evidence used
http://www.change.org/petitions/missouri-attorney-general-investigate-robert-rice-sheriff-darrin-white-and-evidence-used

Sign the Petition: Stop the Maryville Coverup

http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/justice_daisy_maryville/?source=uv_website
 

Lynn Squance (219)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 8:26 pm
Thanks for the petition links --- the Change.org one (1st one) is closed but the 2nd one, ultraviolet.org is open. Signed

With extortionists/domestic terrorists Republicanus/Teabaggers holding the nation hostage to get what they want, is it any wonder that groups like the Maryville highschool students, and indeed the town officials, use the same type of tactics with impunity? Although I have to say that in the Maryville case, it would appear that the majority of the town are resorting to these tactics rather than a minority. However it is a minority that are using political influence. As Bertrand Russell said: "Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
 

Carmen S. (606)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:27 am
Thanks Kit, this is so tragic.
 

SuSanne P. (177)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:32 am
Thank you Kit as this has been occurring since I was in HS. I recall going to a party which was all the football team (which was not my crowd) drinking kegs of beer and acting the fool. I didn't drink beer but took a glass from someone as it was New Years Eve. The next thing I remember was waking up on the floor with my pants around my knees. IT WAS HORRIBLE as I was far too embarrassed to ever mention it until this very second. At least someone had the decency to put a throw partially on top of me.
TY for the link Terry and the update Lynn. Signing now.
 

SuSanne P. (177)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:34 am
Your action has been submitted.
 

Arielle S. (314)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:37 am
This reads like a really bad novel - it just seems like ever since W, we've all been going to hell on a sled... when the people running the country have no morals or ethics, it apparently gets contagious. Imagine how it would be if Romney had won the election...
 

Kit B. (277)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:41 am

I didn't drink in high school but, once went with a guy in college to a Frat party. There was a grape punch I almost drank, he stopped me. The "punch" was mixed with Ever Clear. I that is how some high school kids get drunk without knowing why.
 

Michael Kirkby (82)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 8:19 am
Why am I not surprised? Then again folks, karma's a bitch and no one escapes. So Mr. Elite enjoy your notoriety in this life because in the next one you may not be as privileged as you are today. I know that's no consolation to the victims. Even when we had parties we never allowed any minors. They would never have been invited and we were known for turning them away and kicking them out if found on the premises.
We had a code which is more than I can say for the rapists; the townspeople; the arsonists or the Senator.
 

Wendy H. (35)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 8:52 am
Thank you
 

JL A. (270)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 9:51 am
In addition to Everclear, punches and other drinks (think needle injection possibility here folks) can be spiked with psychedelic drugs and date rape drugs. The rule to teach our youths is that if wasn't sealed without injection possibility and you didn't open it and keep personal control of it, don't drink it (cans and bottles are the safest even if least green).
 

Kit B. (277)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 10:06 am

I do realize that I am older than dirt and things do change over time, but I don't think I knew anyone that drank or smoked in high school, one girl did leave school mid-semester. I didn't have a clue that her family had not moved out of district but that she was pregnant and "shipped" of to the Edna Gladney home in Fort Worth. There were many things I didn't do in high school or college, but I don't feel cheated. No one preached to me or told me that I would be forever condemned by doing those things that are so tempting to young people, it just all seemed not worth my time.

Rape has been around much longer than human writing. I can honestly say that out of every 10 women I have known 9 have been either raped or sexually molested in some way. Most will not discuss it until they are older and finally have a sense of self.

This article like the situation in Stubenville are the reasons why most young girls, women or men will never report what has happened to them. We know that about half of all unreported rapes happen to both young boys and men, but society makes a report a public humiliation.

Funny thing about that, if one is accosted by a mugger and gives their purse or wallet we applaud them as doing whatever is necessary to walk away from the crime, still alive. Not so for victims of rape.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 10:40 am
What a nightmare, outrageous that this stuff keeps happening. Yes, Amanda Amen closed her change.org petition but gladly signed the UV one, thx to Judi. Thx Kit
 

Nancy M. (219)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 1:16 pm
It is truly horrendous- rape culture/sports culture. I don't know why some don't see it.
 

Kit B. (277)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:06 pm

This was discussed by the defense attorney on FOX and this is what he said:

Following the news that a Missouri county prosecutor had asked for a special prosecutor to review the charge that a 14-year-old girl was raped by an older high school student in 2012, Fox News host Shepard Smith turned to DiBenedetto for a counterpoint.

“There’s no denying that from the surface it appears to be some sort of cover-up,” the defense attorney said. “But when you look at the finer details, there are telltale signs of this girl actually lying. She is leaving her home at 1 a.m. in the morning and nobody forced her to drink. And what happens? She gets caught by her mom, she’s embarrassed and the easy way out here is, ‘Mom, someone took advantage of me.’”

“But what did she expect to happen at 1 a.m. in the morning after sneaking out?” he asked. “I’m not saying — assuming that these facts are accurate and this did happen — I’m not saying she deserved to be raped, but knowing the facts as we do here including what the prosecutor has set forth, this case is going nowhere and it’s going nowhere quick.”
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Actually what he is saying is that she did deserve to be raped. Kids do silly things, they should not be hurt for being young and curious.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (265)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:52 pm
OUTRAGEOUS
 

Vicky P. (462)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 4:05 pm
barbaric :/ why is this behavior even allowed, I guess I could answer my own question, celebrities and the culture and the obession is to blame
 

Debbie S. (32)
Friday October 18, 2013, 10:19 am
Isn't there a petition for these girls and family? This is outrageous. The way our society thinks nowadays is that if they get caught doing something terribly wrong it isn't their fault it is the fault of the person who caught them or tries to get justice. Enough of this crap. Make them responsible and charged to the fullest extent of the law. Punish these jerks!
 

Dandelion G. (399)
Friday October 18, 2013, 1:59 pm
Your action has been submitted. Shaking head. Why in this society is it always the victims being victimized over and over again.....and I mean for many things in this Country.
 

Trina Hawkins (22)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:37 pm
Noted ! I signed a petition yesterday to support her and the other girl ! RAPE is a CRIME ! Any guy,Man,Teen,or boy should Learn how to CONTROL their self ! They want to Control everything else ! All Rape is : Using the Penis as a Weapon to HURT,Injure a Female,or a Male ! A New Law should be : you want to RAPE,then Your Penis gets CUT OFF ! Turned into a Unic! I'm sure this would Stop or at least Slow this Horrible act down ! Such a SICK Perverse society we live in ! UGH ! :(
 

John De Avalon (35)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 9:22 am
Poor girl.

I hope the thugs responsible are brought to justice.
 

Frances Darcy (190)
Monday October 21, 2013, 6:06 am
Horrific... petition signed
 

Connie O. (32)
Monday October 21, 2013, 7:07 am
This is absolutely disgusting. What is the world coming to?!
 

Connie O. (32)
Monday October 21, 2013, 7:09 am
gladly signed
 
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