Documentary shines light on sexual abuseOpinion



By Georgina Padilla

Netflix decided to issue a documentary released at the Sundance festival, called “Audrie & Daisy”. This documentary tells the story of Daisy Coleman and Audrie Pott, two youths from different US cities but have similar stories.

Audrey & Daisy traces the stories of two American teenage girls that had been sexually abuse by boys who they considered their friends. Harassed through social and humiliated in school networks, the two girls will eventually consider suicide as their only escape.

Through these cases, the documentary examines the epidemic of bullying among teenagers, the role of social networks and the consequences of bullying from the point of view of the assailants. Audrey & Daisy puts the focus on the decision of these girls and their families to strike back at their attackers by telling their experiences and facing abuse.

Beyond based on the abuse, people in their respective cities began conducting campaigns in social networks. This generated virtual humiliation and harassment. The excess of bullying caused Daisy Coleman to leave the city where he grew. The unfortunate thing was by Audrie Pott who could not stand the scrutiny to which she was being subjected and committed suicide.

Netflix decided to show the impact of both cases with the story of these girls who were raped and who they were the perpetrators and not the victims. This documentary will help many to reflect the paper that take when dealing with these sad stories.

As the documentary goes on you will se all the injustice around this girls, as I was watching it I was really upset about the phrase “Boys will be boys, after all.” “Maybe the girls shouldn’t have been drinking in the first place.”

I think this is an awful thing to say, when somebody is not conscious or doesn’t give consent about the situation is rape, period. We hear these phrases over and over again, but we never hear or see an action to prevent rape, action to teach boys how to value women, action to show women that they are worth it. Sexual assault can’t go ignored and can’t be taken lightly.

As the documentary goes on you will be able to see all the struggles Daisy and her family had to face and how the community was not on her side. Watching this type of documentaries as a women make me question if I’m really safe, if law enforcement is gonna be on my side or if something like this happen to me my case will just be another one without much importance.

This type of documentaries always get me because I put myself into the story and think about what would have I done in her position, what was she thinking, how would it been another way to resolve all the chaos. I strongly recommend that this type of documentary needs to be watch by men and by women because it is a broad a topic that can affect both genders. Sexual assault is not only to women it can be to men as well, and with the stories of this two girls you can see how sometimes the system can’t be on your favor but also what to do in case something similar happens to you.

They show us that you don’t have to be afraid and that if you have been to the same struggles as Audrie & Daisy you need to speak up, because with an “Army of voices” as Daisy Coleman says “you can be listen and nobody will shut you up.” What this documentary taught me is that we always need to realize that we are worth it that our past doesn’t matter, that by being women we are worth it and nothing can take that away from us.

Also this documentary makes you realize that girls are not prizes or property, or toys, or towels for men to wipe themselves off with. We need to fight for Audrie and Daisy, and all the other girls and women who have been victims of rape and assault.


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