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.”
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It’s been 20 sessions. 20 sessions of emdr, 20 sessions of working to love myself again, 20 sessions of remembering some of my worst life traumas; 20 sessions of finding myself again. I’ve learned how to smile (and cry), I’ve learned how to trust, but most of all I’ve learned that I deserve to be happy. I absolutely can not wait to share this journey with all of you who have helped me when I needed it the most. I adore each and every one of you so much for always having faith in who I am and who I am supposed to be. I wouldn’t be on this path to recovery if it weren’t for every single one of you that helped me along the way with your words of encouragement and donations. Cheers to healing 🥂 @savingdaisyfilm @lmi.productions
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