New Netflix Documentary "Audrie & Daisy" Will Open Discussion On Sexual Assault
The documentary "Audrie & Daisy" made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January. The movie, which tells the story of three cases of statutory rape, draws attention to the injustice surrounding the many unheard victims and unpunished perpetrators of sexual assault.
One of these powerful stories that directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk tell is of Audrie Pott, a teenager who was taken advantage of by three boys at a party — an attack without consent that she could not recall.
After a video circulated of the assault and she was incessantly cyber-bullied, Pott took her own life in 2012 (something victims of rape are increasingly prone to do, 33 percent of whom have suicidal thoughts).
Earlier that same year, Daisy Coleman was "sexually assaulted by the grandson of a former state representative," news of which drove the town into chaos, her family out of town, and caused their house to be burned down.
Eventually, a prosecutor reheard the trial and Matthew Barnett, Coleman's abuser, pleaded guilty — spending only 2 years in prison.
The film, which gives "a look at the effects that online bullying has on the lives of teenagers and their community," will be available to livestream exclusively on Netflix on September 23. Watch the trailer below.
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