Second Maryville Teen Rape Victim Bravely Outs Herself to Get Justice

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crime sceneIn our society, rape victims are supposed to be protected, shielded by anonymity. But Daisy Coleman is a name that's now known across the globe. We now know that after the then 14-year-old and a 13-year-old friend accused two 17-year-old high school football players of rape, the Coleman family was driven out of Maryville, Missouri on a rail. And now her bravery in outing herself as a victim of rape may be paying off. High-ranking officials have joined the cry to have the abandoned case against Daisy's alleged rapists re-opened, AND Daisy's fellow victim, who we now know is named Paige Parkhurst, has decided to out herself in the name of justice!

Finally! This case could go somewhere.

But did it really have to take two young rape victims opening themselves up to criticism to make it happen?

Paige Parkhurst was only 13 years old when she says she and her best friend were sexually assaulted back in January 2012. In the wake of the outcry that Daisy Coleman's coming forward has generated, Paige told Al Jazeera America that she found the courage to come forward as well. Paige says she cooperated fully with the authorities back then, despite Prosecutor Robert Rice's assertion that he dropped the case because the complainants had stopped cooperating. It was only after the felony charges against the two 17-year-olds were dropped that Paige says a rape advocate told her to walk away from a prosecutor's office she accuses of attacking the victims:

They were constantly putting us down. They were telling a lot of people a lot of things that weren’t true. They were telling Daisy that I was throwing her under the bus, and then telling me that Daisy was throwing me under the buss. I mean they were working really hard to try to get us angry at each other.

Paige says she's speaking out, she's coming out from behind the veil of anonymity offered to victims, because she wants justice. And she isn't the only one. Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder released a statement last night, demanding Rice re-open the case:

Since Sunday I have read with growing dismay the media accounts of the Daisy Coleman case in Nodaway County. I make no claim to knowledge of all the facts. Still, facts revealed in exhaustive media reports, including the 4,000-word piece in the Kansas City Star, raise all kinds of questions that it is now clear won’t be put to rest. These questions will fester and taint the reputation of our state for delivering impartial justice to all.

Bravo to Kinder for pushing for justice for these kids. Too bad it came to this.

Once again, I have to ask: should it really take two young rape victims putting their names out there, their stories out there, for them to get justice? These are two young girls who have already dealt with the injustice of being raped. And now this?

In truth, as a journalist for the past decade and a half, even typing the girls' names is unsettling. It's rare that I'll include a victim's name because, by its very nature, rape is a crime that stigmatizes its victims, that is extremely personal in its trauma. The public right to know does not supersede a victim's right to heal.

Everywhere these girls turn, they are denied their basic rights to just be normal teenage girls, and yet, bravely, they charge ahead. It's time for the grown men in this case, the people in the prosecutor's office, to do the same.

What do you think the prosecutor should do?


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nonmember avatar GhostWriterL

Hope that town burns to the ground... maybe then the dumb hicks and other type idiots will be forcefully broken of their "FOOTBAAAWWWWWLLL" addiction and learn what it's like to suffer despair and being helpless. Fuck that town and everyone in it... Hope Anonymous destroys the lot of you.

Kattey Kattey

I'm glad she found the courage to come forward. Maybe those 2 little shits will have to take responsibility for being sexual predators now.

Denise Weiss Asmussen

Those girls are very brave. I think the police captain and district attorney need to grew a couple and take care of what  they were put in office to do. 'They had a confession what more do they want? Shouldn't matter about the victims if they have the predators own words saying he raped her. As long as the football players never went to trail how could double jeopardy come into play? Thier case was never taken to the grand jury or the courts, come on people do your jobs .....stand up for the victims and put crimials behind bars

nonmember avatar N. Shoemaker

As a rape victim, I am appalled at the lack of action that made these two young girls feel that they had to leave the safe anonymity that protects all rape victims to get justice that should have already been served. The rape happened in January of 2012? It is October of 2013. Justice should have already been served. I would not ask my sisters, cousins, aunts, or either of my moms to wait that long for justice to come to them.. Why did two girls under 15 have to? Just because the rapists were football players? I thought that you had to have good grades and set a good example to play a school-related sport.. WAKE UP MARYVILLE!!!!!

Tom Maker

Stop drinking

Stop sneaking out

Stop dating at age 12


No rape would have happened.


Kattey Kattey

You know, Tom, those boys were also drinking underage, where is your outrage at that? No rape would happen if people just stopped raping others.

Tony Clark

Teens do some expermenting w/alcohol, in the closet of her room,mom doesn't know that it is in their possession, that at 14 and 13,how much they drank prior to 1:00am,texting with an older and licensed driver boy,sneaking out of a window,having the boy come and pick them up to take them where more underage drinking is going on,and his parents don't have a clue that its going on in their basement!!!!!!! There was no rape commited,plan and simple,just wild youth thinking that getting drunk is cool acting out a fantasy like some rapper,or young singer like Miley says :"Party in the USA" or like as their age thinks,"i know it all" mentallity, just learened a bad life lesson, don't drink until 21,and now don't have any sex until also at 21!!!!

Dkaria Moo

Wow Tom. Just wow. I hope you're sterile =)

Jamie Myers

Ummmm REGUARDLESS if these girls snuck out, drank, text some older man.....whatever...THAT DOESN"T GIVE ANYONE THE RIGHT TO RAPE THEM!!!! I hope TOM doesn't have kids because if so would that be your opinion if it was your daughter? I bet not!! I absolutely hate stupid people like you Tom and Tony! NO MEANS NO!! You guys should be registered along with the rest of the sick and twisted child molesters and rapist!

nonmember avatar Melissa

and what if Tom had a daughter? and what if this was Toms daughter? what would Tom do? what would Tom say? F* you Tom.

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