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Netflix doc to explore small-town rape cases that drew national attention

Here's the first trailer.


Christine Friar


Posted on Aug 22, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 5:15 am CDT

Maryville, Missouri made national news in the fall of 2013 under unfortunate circumstances: Daisy Coleman, a high school freshman, claimed she was raped at a party by an older football player, and the entire thing had been filmed. The case drew media attention from a country that wanted to know: Had we learned from Steubenville? Could a small town handle a rape case with the sensitivity and nuance required? 

Unfortunately, not much progress was made. Coleman’s allegation set off a campaign of harassment against her in her hometown, sparked a potential conflict of interest on the part of the county prosecutor, and, eventually, led to a call to action from Anonymous.

Fast forward to 2016, where Netflix is releasing a documentary called Audrie & Daisy that examines what happens to teenagers when cases like these surface. The film tracks Daisy’s story along with that of Audrie Pott, a California teen who underwent a similar ordeal and killed herself weeks later.

Netflix released its first trailer for the film Monday.

The film will premiere both on the streaming service and in theaters Sept. 23.

H/T Vulture

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*First Published: Aug 22, 2016, 4:05 pm CDT