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Hundreds rally for Mo. teen in sex assault case

October 22, 2013 • National News


Sarah Linthacum, right, Maggie Baker, second from right, and Gabrielle Stewart, left, try to keep their candles lit despite the wind during the “Justice for Daisy” rally in Maryville, Mo., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. The rally was organized on the Internet on behalf of Daisy Coleman, a girl who says she was sexually assaulted nearly two years ago when she was 14. (AP Photo/The St. Joseph News-Press, Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A day after a Jackson County prosecutor was named to re-investigate a northwest Missouri teen sexual abuse case, a modest crowd of a few hundred people braved chilly conditions Tuesday night to show support for a girl whose story has drawn worldwide attention.

The rally on Maryville’s courthouse square was organized over the Internet by a women’s rights activist from the Kansas City area who used social media to garner support for Daisy Coleman, who said she was 14 when a 17-year-old boy gave her alcohol and sexually assaulted her in January 2012.

Daisy’s story generated new attention and an outpouring of responses on social media following a Kansas City Star investigation. The family also spoke out earlier this Login to read more

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