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Source:The Kansas City Star
Although two girls, 13 and 14 years old, alleged rape in January 2012 by older boys in Maryville, Mo., felony charges were dropped for murky reasons -- despite the sheriff's insistence that a crime was committed. After The Kansas City Star documented the nightmare of bullying and harassment that followed for a victim's family, including the burning of a house, the story exploded around the globe. As a result of the outrage, the case was revived by a special prosecutor, who secured a misdemeanor guilty plea, as well as an apology by the then high school senior. Whether that brings closure to the now 16-year-old victim is unclear. The Star reported her series of suicide attempts stemming from her continued harassment. Her latest attempt left her in the hospital. The modicum of justice was finally served in January 2013, two years after she was found dumped semi-conscious in freezing weather on her doorstep.