Daisy Coleman, who starred in the Netflix documentary ‘Audrie And Daisy’, has died by suicide at the age of 23.
Daisy’s mother Melinda Coleman announced the heartbreaking news on Facebook, writing: “She was my best friend and amazing daughter”.
She added, “I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can’t. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair. My baby girl is gone.”
The 2016 documentary ‘Audrie And Daisy’ followed Daisy struggling with the trauma of her alleged rape at the age of 14. Nobody was ever convicted.
The documentary also shone a light on the backlash Daisy and her family received from her own community.
It also featured 15-year-old Audrie Pott who died by suicide days after she said she was sexually assaulted by three boys in September 2012.
Daisy was the driving force behind the formation of SafeBAE, an organisation dedicated to ending sexual assault on students and helping survivors.
“She was really, really good at what she did,” Shael Norris, executive director of SafeBAE said.
“It’s a huge loss for the culture in general because I think it was her resilience that has inspired so many other survivors to get help and speak out”.
As all of our supporters know, Daisy has fought for many years to both heal from her assault and prevent future sexual violence among teens. She was our sister in this work and much of the driving force behind it. We were not just a non-profit team, but a family.
— SafeBAE (@safe_bae) August 5, 2020