The controversial alleged rape of a young girl resulted to a street demonstration on Tuesday evening as hundreds of supporters call for "Justice for Daisy."
It all began as an online protest but social media fervor prompted supporters of the victim to gather in a small town in Missouri.
Relatives of Daisy reportedly cried because of the outpour of support according to CNN.
Daisy Coleman, now 16, says she was raped by another teenager in 2012. Melinda Coleman, her mother, said that after Daisy's assault, her other children started getting threats. The alleged assault also resulted to Melinda Coleman being fired from her job, reports say.
Reports say that in April, the Coleman residence in Maryville was burned. It was up for sale after the Colemans moved to another town. Investigators allegedly did not find the cause of the fire.
Some of the demonstrators Tuesday said they were moved by what happened to Daisy Coleman that they went out of their way to go to the rally. Supporters of Daisy say that they are hoping the rally will open a discussion about rape.
Melinda Coleman told CNN that the rally was "a wonderful sentiment" and that she is "really touched and happy." Coleman is also glad that her daughter's case was reopened Monday.
Coleman added, "I think that just the fact that we're being heard and we're getting a chance at justice is huge. All we've ever wanted was to have some justice."
Matthew Barnett, 17, the teenage boy who allegedly raped Daisy Coleman admitted to authorities that he and Daisy "had sex."
Barnett's attorney Robert Sundell said in a statement that while his client's behaviour is reprehensible, the real issue is "whether a crime was committed."
While alleged rape victims are usually not identified in publications, the Colemans decided to go public.
A new prosecutor was appointed Monday to review the Coleman case and said that this will be done "without fear and without favour."
Jean Peters Baker said he knows the issue has raised concerns in Missouri and added that the "case will be thoroughly reviewed."
The first prosecutor Robert L. Rice said the sexual assault charge was dropped because the Colemans did no cooperate. He said in a statement, "There was insufficient evidence to prove a criminal charge beyond a reasonable doubt."
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