Daisy Coleman was featured in the 2016 Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” which explored the sexual assault of Daisy and another girl, Audrie Potts, and the trauma they experienced afterwards.
- Died: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
- Details of Death: Died by suicide, confirmed by her mother, Melinda.
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Audrie & Daisy
Coleman was sexually assaulted at a party in 2012 when she was 14 years old. Audrie Potts was sexually assaulted the same year as a teenager and died by suicide 10 days after the crime. The documentary looked at the trauma the incidents caused their families and the subsequent online bullying and rejection in their communities. The movie was directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.
Founder of SafeBAE
Coleman attended Missouri Valley College and co-founded SafeBAE, an organization whose mission is to end sexual assault of middle school and high school students. SafeBae helps survivors cope with their experiences.
Tributes to Daisy Coleman
“She took those situations and learned to teach people to avoid those situations or to better themselves or protect people. Her number one thing was making everybody’s life better. She did it at her own expense. She paid the greatest price to teach everybody. And I think it’s something that ate at her a long time.” —Coleman’s brother, Charlie Coleman, speaking at her funeral
Full Obituary: Variety
Update: On December 6, 2020, Coleman’s mother, Melinda Coleman, died by apparent suicide. She was a veterinarian who had lost her husband in a car accident in 2009 and one son to a car accident in 2018, as well as losing Daisy four months before her death.