Brutal Hate Crime in California
A member of our community was brutally gang raped on Saturday in Richmond, a suburb of San Fransisco. The 28 year old lesbian was apparently targeted by the rainbow pride sticker on her car, attacked by four men, verbally assaulted for being a lesbian, raped repeatedly and then left naked outside of an abandoned building.
There is a $ 10,000 award being offered for information leading to the arrest of the men. But of course, no number of arrests or sentences can ever undo that kind of emotional trauma. This is a horrific reminder of the hate that exists in the world, and amidst our cries for civil rights and marriage equality, it is important to remember that our basic human rights and dignity remain in jeopardy. This was just one of many hate crimes perpetrated against LGBT's this year. Last year there were 1,265 hate crimes based on sexual orientation and the vast majority of the cirmes are committed by young men in groups.
A local group in Richmond, Community Violence Solutions, has set up a support fund for the victim. To contribute send a check made out to Community Violence Solutions to 2101 Van Ness St., San Pablo, Calif., 94806.
Donors should write "Richmond Jane Doe" on the check in the memo space.