One of the largest stories sweeping Missouri – and the entire nation
– concerns a controversial alleged rape involving two teens in Maryville,
Missouri, a town of roughly 12,000 residents. The case stems from an alleged
sexual assault that occurred in 2012, when a then 14-year-old girl reported
that she was raped by a then 17-year-old classmate.
The biggest controversy began when a Nodaway County prosecutor ultimately
dropped felony charges against the alleged assailant and another teen
who allegedly recorded the assault on a cellphone. Since the charges were
dropped, public outcry immediately began. The victim's family, advocates,
and supporters eventually sparked a media sensation that has spread throughout
What began as an online protest eventually evolved into a large demonstration
on Tuesday night. The "Justice for Daisy" demonstration drew
hundreds of supporters and national media attention. In response to the
protests, attention, and demonstrations, officials announced that a new
special prosecutor had been appointed to the case. The prosecutor will
be reviewing the case in order to determine if charges should be pursued.
Subjectivity aside, this case serves to highlight just how strongly Americans
feel about sexual assault, sexual violence, and
sex crimes in general. Opinions are difficult to make, especially when little about
the case is truly known, but thousands of people across the nation have
already "chosen sides" – many in support of the alleged victim.
While The Hammer Law Firm, LLC supports victims and hopes that this case
is resolved, we also value the importance of reaching a resolution through
the Missouri criminal justice system. If anything is clear, it is that
sentiment, opinions, and scrutiny surrounding sex crime cases are profound.
While not every accused individual faces sex crime charges that affect
the national landscape, many face harsh judgment, even before they have
had their day in court.
At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we know that this is one of the largest obstacles
and burdens defendants face during the criminal process, and we work zealously
to preserve the rights of clients from the very first moment they contact
our firm. If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex offense,
contact a St. Louis sex crime attorney from our firm today.