On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, actress and comedienne Amy Schumer took to social media to mourn the loss of someone she knew. The person sadly died by suicide.
Alongside a photo of Daisy Coleman, Schumer paid tribute to her writing: “Daisy Coleman I’m so sorry this world was so unfair to you.” She continued with the Instagram post by stating how Coleman had been a “warrior” and “a beautiful artist.”
The actress shared how lucky she had been to have known and loved Coleman. She noted how the loss of the artist was “gut wrenching [sic]” and vowed to continue her work in “fighting for survivors” with SafeBAE.
FEATURED ON A DOCUMENTARY
The Safe Before Anyone Else (SafeBAE) national campaign helps prevent people from enduring sexual violence. Coleman joined the initiative in 2017.
Schumer, 39, also invited her fans to go to “@youngcattattoos” to see the links to some of her work. She also revealed how Coleman starred in a Netflix documentary.
SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
The star wished the late artist to rest in peace after trying to take her life on four previous occasions. The post also included a photo of Coleman during happier times.
The late student featured in the 2016 Netflix documentary "Audrie and Daisy," where she made allegations of sexual assault against a high school classmate. The other subject of the documentary was Audrie Pott.
AUDRIE POTT’S DEATH
In 2012, she died by suicide aged 15, ten days after her sexual assault. The documentary also covered the harassment Coleman faced for speaking out.
She died on Tuesday by suicide at the age of 23, and her death was confirmed on Facebook by her mother, Melinda Moeller Coleman. The sexual assault allegations happened eight years ago.
COLEMAN’S ALLEGED RAPIST
At the time she was only 14 and lived in her hometown of Maryville, Missouri. Matthew Barnett, the accused, was arrested and charged with sexual assault.
CLAIMING SEX WAS CONSENSUAL
However, two months later the charge was dropped with the Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney saying there was insufficient evidence. According to Barnett's attorney, he claimed the sex was consensual.
The suspect eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and was only sentenced to two years of probation.
CONSEQUENCES OF SPEAKING OUT
Coleman's mother later shared how their family received threats because of the trial. Things sadly went as far as her being fired from her job as a clinic veterinarian.
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