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Family harassed, run out of town after daughter is allegedly raped

After blacking out at a party, a 14-year-old Missouri teenager, showing signs of sexual assault, was abandoned, alone and unconscious, on her family's frost-covered lawn by a group of her male classmates.

"The low temperature in the area that day was listed at 22 degrees, and the teen had spent roughly three hours outside, wearing only a T-shirt and sweatpants. Her hair was frozen. Scattered across an adjacent lot were her daughter’s purse, shoes and cellphone," writes Dugan Arnett in a harrowing report in the Kansas City Star on how the small town of Maryville, Mo., turned on the victim, Daisy Coleman (Daisy and her mother elected to be named in the story), after she reported the incident, in which she was allegedly raped by a male classmate while another filmed it.

Melinda Coleman discovered her daughter on the lawn and, after removing her frozen clothes, noticed abrasions around her daughter's genitals. She immediately called the police. And, in perhaps the only bright spot in this dark story, the police acted swiftly.

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