Sundance Film Festival, Audrie and Daisy, The depiction of society’s breakdown

  Two teen girls in two separate states in the U.S., both sexually assaulted while passed out from too much drinking and partying, both bullied and harassed on social media. Both atetmpted suicide, one succeeded.
Sept 2 2012, 15 year old Audrie Pott, a Saratoga, CA Sophmore went to a party where she got drunk and passed out. Believing she was safe in the company of teens she knew since middle school, she was instead, sexually assaulted by 3 of the boys while she lay unconscious. The boys undressed her, wrote on the body obscenities in permanent marker, covered half her face black, drew on her breasts, wrote the word ‘anal’ on her back with an arrow pointing downward all while the 3 boys took pictures on their cell phones. When Audrie woke with marker all over her she had no idea what happened. In the next couple of days Audrie tried to piece together what happened. She asked one of the boys to delete the photos they posted. “I know have a reputation I can never get rid of”, Audrie posted before being pushed to take her own life 8 days later by hanging herself on the shower head at her house. Her mother found her shortly after.
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 It doesn’t end there. Her peers mocked and bullied her ‎on social media for a week after it happened. ‎Audrie Potts mother Sheila told her story today on Democracy Now last week. She describes her daughter going to her friends house on the weekend as usual while the parents of the friend were out of town. Audrie got drunk and didn’t have control before she passed out. 3 of the boys then, took Audrie into another room locking the door and proceeded to take off her clothes, sexually assault her, marked her body with marker while taking pictures with their cell phones.
  “It was normal activity”, Sheila Pott said of her daughter going to stay over her friends house for the weekend. They had planned a party when one of the friend’s parents were out of town and had 11 or 12 friends they grew up with come over. Audrie got really drunk and passed out. The boys at the party carried Audrie into another room and locked the door. They took of her clothes, wrote obscenities on her body and breasts with a marker and colored half her face black. They “did things to her”, Sheila Pott said. They drew the word anal on her back with an arrow pointing down. They wrote suggestive, sexually degrading things and Audrie didn’t know any of it was happening. Audrie woke the next day with the aftermath, without her clothes and writing all over her. Audrie found out that day that pictures were taken of her while she was undressed. “Audrie was devastated”, her mother said, “She was a very private person, very self conscious of her body”.
 Audrie called her Mom to pick her up which was very unusual, it was usually her Mom that called her and said to come home. Sheila Pott said she didn’t see any evidence to think Audrie was assaulted.
 The following week Audrie went to school and had friends sleep over that weekend, things seemed normal. Sheila Pott picked Audrie up from school that Monday and asked Audrie what was wrong. Audrie remained quiet and her Mom kept pressing her to disclose what was bothering her. Audrie said she wanted to leave the school. “Did you get into a fight with your friends?” Sheila asked her, “I only have 2 friends”, was Audrie’s reply. Sheila Pott said she and her daughter were close and Audrie confided in her a lot and so did her friends. Things like teen drinking, being responsible, etc. Audrie went into the bathroom and a short time later her mother went to go and check on her. When she didn’t answer her mother broke the door in and found Audrie hanging fro the shower head. “I couldn’t believe this would happen”, Sheila said. “What happened, What went wrong?” The Sunday after Audrie’s memorial her mother learned of the assault when the Sheriff came to her house. One of the girls at the party who wrote a letter to the school administration who then, started an investigation.
 When asked if she thought the system failed her daughter, Shelia Pott said, “Yes”. The authorities were “upfront” in telling Sheila Pott that it would be “unusual to see any jail time” in juvenile cases. The boys go back to the same school. Class mates didn’t know what happened. Many believed Audrie was consensual.
“She was not conscious, she did not consent”, said Sheila Pott. “We wanted to clear Audrie’s name”.
 Audrie asked the boys she knew since she was a child, “she trusted them”, said Audries mother, to delete the photos from social media. Audrie felt like she had no control because she couldn’t remember any of it. Audrie felt that all the high schools in the area knew about the incident.
 The settlement for Sheila Pott and Audrie was Non Monetary. Audries mother wanted those who were involved to admit that Audrie was unconscious and was not consensual. The boys had to do 10 presentations admitting what they did to Audrie and apologize publicly. They had to agree to be in the documentary and ask the school if she could graduate with her class. “She didn’t ask for it, she didn’t deserve it, it’s wrong”, said Sheila Pott. “I would have liked to see a longer sentence. The message was were not going to take it seriously, to the girls and you’ll not get expelled and get a slap on the wrist to the boys”.
 The second story of Daisy Coleman, a 14 year old Freshman, was much the same except she was unsuccessful at committing suicide. She and a 13 year old friend were drinking when they were picked up by boys they knew. Daisy says Matthew Barnett sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious, while Jordan Zech, a star high school wrestler, took videos.
 Later on that same night, the boys dumped Daisy Coleman in her front yard in the freezing cold snow, where her mother found her, half-frozen and with frost bite, in the morning. Charges were initially brought and dropped against the boys accused, which raised suspicions the Nodaway County prosecutor was under the influenced that Matthew Barnett was a football player and his grandfather was as a Missouri state representative. Daisy’s mother, Melinda, began raising questions, and lost her job. Their house in Maryville mysteriously burned to the ground. Daisy was suspended from cheerleading and relentlessly bullied. People told her she was “asking for it” and would “get what was coming.” Daisy was hounded on social media, she was called a skank and a liar, and told to kill herself, which she tried to do, multiple times.
 When Daisy’s mother, Melinda, took her daughter to the hospital for the frostbite and red marks and “tears” on her genitals, the doctor informed Melinda that her daughter was raped and both Melinda and Daisy broke into tears.
 The Computer group Anonymous got involved in Daisy’s story and made a video condemning Maryville for not doing their job and totally mishandling Daisy’s case, https://youtu.be/lTdzByb-OoI
 I don’t know what most people think about a case like this and I actually fear knowing what most people think and feel. But, if they’re anything like the entire town that turned on these 2 girls, we’re in really big trouble. My fear is that so many people will become dirty and polluted that there will be no Clean people to appeal to anymore. Most people don’t think of Clean people the way they think about clean water, fresh air & clean food. I’ve bee talking about Clean, healthy relationships and their importance since the 70’s. People won’t find out until it’s too late, when crimes like these happen to people and they find there are not enough CLEAN people to turn to. The Sheriff, lawyers, the school, the judges, who told Sheila Pott, “It’s unusual to see jail time in cases like this”, because it’s a juvenile case. That blows my mind! In NYC we have kids in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT for utter Nonsense and NON crimes like jumping turnstiles in the subway, having small amounts of marijuana on them, a crime they “might” commit using Stop & Frisk. Also, Kalief Browder, a 16 year old black youth arrested for “stealing a backpack”. He spent 3 years on Rikers Island much of which was spent in solitary confinement. Kaleif was beaten by guards and inmates. Kalief attempted suicide multiple times while in prison. Kalief was held in Rikers Island WITHOUT trial or charge! When he was finally released he succeeded in killing himself ( he really was murdered by the system) by hanging himself out a second story window at his house using an air conditioner cord.
 The “Justice” system created a Debtors prison in a city near Ferguson, MI where it jailed people for not being able to pay bogus tickets cops wrote them basically, so the city can get $$. The entire economy of the town functioned off the $ they stole from the public and stopping them for bogus traffic stops.
 From Democracy Now;
 Last February 2015 more than a dozen St. Louis-area residents filed class-action lawsuits against Ferguson and another suburb, Jennings. The residents accuse local officials of creating a “modern debtors’ prison scheme” that targets African Americans with arrests and fines and then locks them up when they cannot pay. A study last year by the ArchCity Defenders found a large part of the revenue for several St. Louis counties comes from fines paid by African-American residents disproportionately targeted for traffic stops and other low-level offenses. In Ferguson, fines and fees were the city’s second-largest source of income in fiscal year 2014. Ferguson issued on average nearly three warrants per household last year — the highest number of warrants in the state, relative to its size.
 We have a SERIOUS problem in this country and world. $$ and nature/health are split. The privileged acting as Criminal and offensive as they want and getting away with it while the most vulnerable get raped, arrested, solitarily confined, killed, droned and t
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