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Subject of ‘Audrie & Daisy’ documentary dies by suicide in Denver

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Daisy Coleman; Photo: Netflix

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) - A woman who became the subject of a Netflix documentary after alleging she was sexually assaulted as a teenager in Missouri has died by suicide while living in Colorado Springs.

The mother of Daisy Coleman announced her daughter's death on Tuesday. She was 23.

Coleman was 14 when she said she was sexually assaulted by an older teenager, Matthew Barnett, in Maryville in northwest Missouri. A felony assault charge was dropped and Barnett later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.

She was found dead in Denver after her mother called police to check on her, said Shael Norris, executive director of SafeBAE, a group Daisy Coleman co-founded to help young victims of sexual assault. Norris said she heard the news from Coleman’s brother.

Coleman was featured in a 2016 Netflix documentary 'Audrie & Daisy" and co-founded SafeBAE, a group dedicated to helping young sexual assault victims.

If you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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  1. Right to choose. Her body, her choice. I can’t figure out why we make such a big deal about suicide. If that is what you feel you need to do then so be it.

  2. “A felony assault charge was dropped and Barnett later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.”
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    If the Associated Press cared at all about this girl, the story would have focused on who the prosecutor was that let her attacker off so easily. But… they don’t care.

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