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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Daisy Coleman supporters rally as Missouri rape case reopens


Daisy Coleman supporters rally as Missouri rape case reopens

Sarah Linthacum, right, Maggie Baker, second from right, and Gabrielle Stewart, left, try to keep their candles lit despite the wind during the "Justice for Daisy" rally in Maryville, Missouri 22 October 2013The Facebook-organised "Justice for Daisy" rally comes a day after a special prosecutor was named in Ms Coleman's case
Several hundred people have rallied outside a court in the US state of Missouri to demand justice for a teenage alleged rape victim.
The internet-organised protest in Maryville backed Daisy Coleman, 14, who says she was assaulted and left on her family's porch in freezing weather.
A special prosecutor was named on Monday after a newspaper investigation into why charges were dropped.
Ms Coleman's mother has said the family has had to move because of harassment.
The girl alleges that a 17-year-old boy raped her in January last year. Charges against him were dropped two months later.
The case has drawn comparisons to one in Steubenville, Ohio, where two 17-year-old football players were convicted of raping a West Virginia girl after an alcohol-fuelled party in 2012.
It was furiously debated online and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the city's celebrated high school football team.