What the Media Failed to Mention About Dagny 'Nex' Benedict Changes Everything

Marya Dunning | April 2, 2024
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The media have a lot to answer for.

After 16-year-old Dagny “Nex” Benedict, who identified as “nonbinary,” suddenly passed away the day after an altercation at her school, the media jumped to blame bullying and “transphobia” for the teen’s passing, assuming that she died as a direct result of the fight she'd gotten into with a few other girls who Benedict believed were picking on her because of her "gender identity."

Many went as far as to blame Chaya Raichik, the woman behind the "Libs of TikTok" X account, for the tragedy as she had once reported on a teacher at Benedict’s school district.

However, autopsy reports later revealed that Benedict’s cause of death was likely a suicide. Still, many on the left took the transphobia narrative and ran with it, despite no evidence to back up their version of the story.

President Joe Biden was one of those people.

“Nonbinary and transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know. But nobody should have to be brave just to be themselves. In memory of Nex, we must all recommit to our work to end discrimination and address the suicide crisis impacting too many nonbinary and transgender children,” he said via a statement released by the White House.

Seeing as youth are more susceptible to suicide contagion, this is particularly irresponsible. What message will it send to struggling children if they see that the President called a girl who took her own life “brave”?

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But it turns out there was more to Benedict's story. On March 17, reporter Jeremy Lee Quinn revealed that the teen had been subjected to horrific sexual abuse by her father for years as a young child. On March 27, a report by RedState confirmed this, providing court documents regarding her father’s case. James Everette Hughes was arrested in 2019 and charged with rape of a minor under the age of 14 for an incident occurring in 2017, when his daughter would have been nine years old. According to case documents, Dagny Benedict told investigators her fatherhood molested her for years before anally raping her.

Most media outlets, including those that have posted updates on the case, have overlooked these details. Even many conservative outlets such as National Review have only started revealing this information recently. 

Perhaps most insidiously, the Washington Post published that Dagny’s father was in prison for abuse at the time of her funeral, yet either did not investigate further or deliberately left out the context. Quinn has stated that he provided the publication with his findings, yet the outlet is yet to publish the information.

I think that Benedict’s grandfather said it best: “Mostly I think my granddaughter was exploited in every way possible.”

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