ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - There was more fallout Wednesday in the protests over a rape investigation in northwestern Missouri.
Daisy Coleman says shewas attacked by a 17-year-old athlete in 2012 when she was 14-years-old. The suspect's friend allegedly assaulted Coleman's 13-year-old friend. Prosecutors dropped all charges, despite a cell phone video of the alleged attack.
An attorney for one of the accused boys says Coleman refused to say anything more beyond her initial complaint, but Coleman's mother says the boy's family had political connections.
Some want Attorney General Chris Koster to get involved, but his office says it has no legal authority.
A spokesperson for the Crime Victim Advocacy Center in St. Louis says this type of case happens far too often and they're difficult to prosecute when the victim has a relationship with the accused. Date rape is the most common form of sexual assault and also the type of case where the victim is most heavily scrutinized. That can be devastating to the victim and her family.
"For a victim to hear that this didn't happen to her, it destroys her. It destroys her sense of well-being. It destroys her sense of recovery. And it's often what we see lead to suicidal tendencies and even suicide, unfortunately," said Julie Lawson.
Lawson says it's important for rape victims to know they have support. She applauds Daisy Coleman and her family for coming forward and continuing to fight.