Paige Parkhurst, Daisy Coleman’s 13-year-old friend (now 15) who was also a victim in the alleged Maryville rapes in 2012, has decided to speak out. Paige was with Daisy the night local football star, Matthew Barnett and his friends forced themselves on the girls, leaving Daisy practically frozen on her mother’s front lawn.
Al Jazeera America is reporting that Paige needed to come out and tell her side of the story. “I needed to be able to voice my opinion, along with my mother. We didn’t have this kind of support when everything happened, but now that we do have a lot of support and we do have people listening, it’s like a miracle. It feels really good that it’s finally getting spoken about. We’ve waited for this day for a very long time.” That support came from Daisy’s courage in speaking out against a local town hero’s heinous actions.
When the charges against the young men were dropped, of course the victims were heartbroken. But Paige described her feelings, “I didn’t see how someone could drop those charges when they had all of the evidence they needed, and at the beginning said that they had a very strong case, but then they dropped the charges, and I felt like they were getting off on something that they shouldn’t have been able to get off of.”
At the end of the day, Paige and Daisy deserve justice. Together, they are standing strong on their accusations, hoping that their courage inspires other victims to speak out.
“I would like justice to be done, and I would like to be able to know that there was something to be done, and that our voice didn’t go unheard,” Paige urged.
Paige sat with her mom on “America Tonight’s” Lori Jane Gliha and told her heartbreaking story:
Me and a friend, she lived in Maryville. I didn’t see her very often. I actually went to Maryville for the night to see her. We were just kind of having a fun time, catching up, all of that, and she had been texting a guy named Matt Barnett, and he wanted us to hang out with him. So we snuck out and went to hang out with him.
And we got there, and they just started handing her drink after drink after drink. And they had separated us as soon as we got there. And another boy that was there with me, had taken me into another room, and had sexually assaulted me, after me telling him no, pushing him away. And after he was done, he made me go back out into the living room with him, and we sat and waited until Matt was done with Daisy. And I had walked into Matt’s room, and she was incoherent. She couldn’t walk, couldn’t talk, and just was talking like a baby pretty much.
… I was intoxicated before we left the house. She [Daisy] was also, but they gave her even more when she got there. They drug [sic] her out of his bedroom window, drug [sic] her to the car, and then they were going to drop us off, but they were freaking out, trying to think of how they were going to drop us off without any of her brothers waking up. And they took her and carried her to the back corner of her house and left her there. And they told me to go inside, that all she needed to do was to sober up, and that she would be okay, and they were gonna be there and watch her.
It was very scary. I was really confused and didn’t understand what was fully going on. I was in shock and really worried about my friend. It was freezing out. I don’t know. There was just a lot of things going through my mind.
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