DAISY Coleman may have taken her own life for reasons unrelated to her rape because she was allegedly being stalked and harassed by a man she knew, according to friends.
John Romero, the public information officer for the Lakewood police in Colorado, told The Sun that Coleman filed a harassment report "on the day she died".
He said Coleman filed the report while police "were there doing the welfare check" on Tuesday.
"We had no previous contact with her before then," Romero said, adding no further details could be provided because of an "active and open investigation".
The 23-year-old, who became a prominent advocate for survivors of sexual assault, died by suicide on Tuesday.
Coleman was a subject of the 2016 Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, which focused in part on her and her friend Paige's alleged sexual assaults when they were 14 and 13, respectively.
It also addressed the ensuing bullying Coleman was subjected to after coming forward about the incident and the "constant pain" and panic attacks she subsequently suffered.
One unnamed friend told PEOPLE: "Every media [outlet] is blaming her suicide on her rape, and ignoring that she was going through so much before her suicide, and not putting any blame on this man for harassing her."
“She would rather kill herself than let this man kill her,” the friend said.
Another friend told the publication that Coleman feared for her life before her death.
According to PEOPLE, Coleman posted on her social media accounts that she had contacted police regarding alleged repeated stalking and harassment by a man, which, according to her, had occurred since December.
The identity of the man alleged to have been stalking Coleman could not be verified.
Coleman alleged she was assaulted by football player Matthew Barnett in his basement in Maryville, Missouri.
She said she was given alcohol at Barnett's party – although she was underage – and was later found outside the home wearing hardly any clothes, following the alleged assault.
Barnett, who was 17 at the time of the alleged incident, pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor child endangerment, but not to a felony sexual assault charge.
He claimed that sex with Coleman was consensual.
Coleman went on to co-found the organization SafeBAE to end sexual assault for school students, and to help survivors.
Just two years before Coleman's death, her brother, Tristan Ash Coleman, died in a car crash in June 2018.
Coleman's father passed away in a car crash when she was a child.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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