Daisy Coleman's Mom Melinda Dies by Apparent Suicide 4 Months After Her Daughter's Death https://t.co/e7zUKHyhTw— People (@people) December 7, 2020
Four months after her daughter Daisy Coleman died by suicide, Melinda Coleman died Sunday night.
Daisy was a subject of the 2016 Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, which focused on her sexual assault and the ensuing harassment she received in her small town of Maryville, Missouri. The documentary won a Peabody Award.
Daisy went on to help create the advocacy group SafeBAE — Safe Before Anyone Else, which her mother also worked with. She was an advocate for sexual assault survivors before her death in August at age 23.
Melinda also lost her husband in 2007 and her son in 2018, both in car accidents.
Shael Norris, executive director of SafeBAE, said in part:
"I wish I could say it was entirely unexpected, but it wasn’t. This is the collateral damage of sexual violence. It’s so much further-reaching than anyone has even begun to look at.
But we have to face it for what it is, which is the profound and decades-long impact of what happens when people ‘boys-be-boys’ this shit, and make it out like it’s not something that destroys entire families."
The advocacy group SafeBAE said in a statement:
"We are in shock and disbelief to share with our SafeBAE family, that we lost Melinda Coleman to suicide this evening. The bottomless grief of losing her husband, Tristan, and Daisy was more than she could face on most days.
There are no words for our sadness, only that if you are struggling with trauma or depression, you are not alone. “There is always help and support available. We are with you."
“This is the collateral damage of sexual violence. It’s so much further-reaching than anyone has even begun to look at," said Shael Norris, executive director of SafeBAE, on the death of Melinda Coleman, the mother of Daisy Coleman. https://t.co/aTTZ2rlaFs— Bob Cronkleton (@cronkb) December 7, 2020
IF YOU NEED HELP
▪ The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The free help is available in English and Spanish. 800-273-8255.
▪ The National Sexual Assault Hotline is free and confidential, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Live chat is available at Rain.org. 800-656-4673 (HOPE).