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Rape Is Rape, Abuse Is Abuse

October 15, 2013
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Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 8.05.01 PMIf you think the Kaitlyn Hunt story is bad, this is far worse.  The girl raped was 14 years old.  She was violently raped by an 17 year old, star football player.  I guess that’s okay, right?  Well, the girl, a young cheerleader, was given alcohol.  She protested the rape, nearly killed in the process.  Because the little monster who did it was the grandson of a member of the Missouri state house,  Republican Rex Barnett.  Her 13 year old friend was raped by a 15 year old friend.

She was tossed into her family lawn, basically in bad shape.  Her mother took her to the hospital.  The boys were arrested ant taken into custody.  Barnett was charged with felony sexual assault and misdemeanor endangerment of the welfare of a child.  It seems that Matthew’s grandfather is friends with the local sheriff.  The prosecuting attorney dropped the charges.  The Coleman family is not so fortunate.  Dr. Michael Coleman, Daisy’s father had been killed in a traffic accident a few years earlier.  Needing to get away from the heartache, Melinda moved the family to Maryville.  Then their hell began.

We’re talking Missouri, instead of Florida.  There have been many of us who have complained about Florida and the Kaitlyn Hunt case, but she’s doing time.  Back in Missouri, the Coleman house has been burned to the ground.  Daisy – her name has been released – has attempted suicide, twice.  Their mother lost her job.

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 8.02.38 PM“...Retribution against the Coleman children was swift. Daisy was suspended from the cheerleading team (presumably for drinking) and slutshamed by her peers. Melinda Coleman was warned about chatter online saying her sons would get beaten up. Daisy’s older brother heard Zech’s video of the assault was being passed around school. Then Melinda Coleman lost her job at a veterinary clinic. (Her boss admitted to the Star to having “ties” to one of the boys involved.)

This is where the story takes on a Steubenville-level of absurdity in how the perpetrators walked free. In March 2012, prosecutor Robert Rice dismissed the felony cases against the boys. Barnett’s misdemeanor charge for child endangerment (for leaving Daisy out in the cold) was later dropped as well.

In an interview, Rice was quoted as saying, “They were doing what they wanted to do, and there weren’t any consequences. And it’s reprehensible. But is it criminal? No.” How did Rice come to such a conclusion? Barnett, it turns out, was a grandson of former MO State Representative Rex Barnett. Rex Bennett denied any meddling to the Star.

Because the charges were dropped, rape kit results and witness interviews are now sealed. A Change.org petition by a friend of the mother of the 13-year-old girl is asking for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to step in to investigate Rice’s mishandling of the rape case. …”

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The  alleged, now cleared former rapist is now attending Northwestern Missouri State University. He’s still chasing the girls.  When someone in rural America is related to an ‘important’ political official, this is what often happens.  I mentioned that Rex Barnett is Republican, but party affiliation doesn’t matter all that much.

Bad things happen go people all the time.  I would love to be able to blame this sort of thing on a political party, ideology, or religion.  The problem is when we’re dealing with something like what happened to the Colemans, it’s about the abuse of power, entitlement, and abject callous disregard for the victim.  Yep – it sounds like exactly what is going on with the Kaitlyn Hunt story – callous disregard for the victim.

The Kaitlyn Hunt story is about an out of control young woman who is basically a narcissistic stalker who can’t take no for an answer.  It is about out of control individuals who think they are above the law.  It is also about emboldening pedophiles and the pedophile agenda.

The difference with Matthew Barnett is that he is an entitled high school football star, grandson of an important elected official, who has an entitled mentality, arrogant, and is more than willing to abuse additional young women.  It is not a pedophilia story.

Both stories are repulsive.  I don’t know which is worse.  Two young women in Missouri, dealing with the loss of their father, were a little out of control. They were used, abused, and manipulated by a local jock who felt he could rape them, and get away with it, which he did.  They were basically destroyed by the local community, losing their position in the high school so the jock rapist could get on with his life.

I’ve complained a lot about the state of Florida lately, but at least the local high school stood up for Kate Hunt’s 14 year old victim.  The cops supported her. So did the legal system.  Kate Hunt is now paying for (some) of her crimes.  Because of this, if she is fortunate, she might just learn from her mistakes.  She had a chance to recover and move on with her life.  Matthew Barnett is going to get away with raping other young woman.  He will need to be stopped, one day.  So far, evidently the state of Missouri is more interested in promoting football than supporting a violently abused 14 year old girl.

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