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Mallory Owens Speaks About Attack: ‘I Believe He Intended To Kill Me’

by David Badash on November 30, 2012

in Hate Crimes,News

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Mallory Owens, the 23-year old Alabama lesbian brutally beaten Thanksgiving day, allegedly by Travis Hawkins Jr., her girlfriend’s brother, says of her attacker, “I believe that he intended to kill me.” Owens’ story went viral this week, along with photos posted to Facebook taken after her attack, in which her face is unrecognizable.

Owens released a lengthy statement, below, which accuses her girlfriend’s father of being manipulative, says her girlfriend’s statements do not reflect her views, and notes she wants Hawkins’ charges upgraded to attempted murder. She adds:

It will be a very long time before I feel safe again. This sort of attack whether it is proven to be a hate crime or a crime derived from one man’s hate of another human being should not happen to anyone in this country. No one should have to endure an attack the way that I did. Neither should a mother have to see her daughter in the state that my mom had to see me.

Owens adds she “was unconscious when the beating ended,” Hawkins has attacked her before,

Since the attack, Travis Hawkins Jr. has been seen following my family and appearing at locations where they have gathered. He has threatened to finish me off. I believe as long as he is free on bond that my life continues to be in danger. Even beyond the physical harm, I am quite traumatized. I am afraid and I feel that I have been victimized repeatedly by the Hawkins family.

GLAAD is working with Mallory Owens’ family and their lawyer.

Mallory’s hospital stay and follow up care is expensive. If you want to make a donation to help offset the costs of this brutal attack, you can do so. An account for the Benefit of Mallory Owens has been set up at Regions Bank, you can go to any location locally. GLAAD has set up an on-line donation account to help facilitate the donation process. You can go there to help.

 

Official Statement from Mallory Owens and Family

I am represented by attorney Christine Hernandez. I am supported by my family, friends, several organizations including Equality Alabama and GLAAD as well as numerous other indviduals who have offered a multitude of support to myself and my family including all of those that have donated to help me with my medical expenses. For all of you that have supported me, I am very grateful.

 

The last week has been the most traumatic several days I have ever experienced, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Not just for me, but for my family as well. Fortunately, we are a strong family, and we are sticking together as a family.  On Thanksgiving Day, I visited the Hawkins’ home, the family home of my girlfriend Ally Hawkins. As I was leaving, I was brutally attacked by Travis Hawkins Jr., Ally’s brother. I believe that he intended to kill me. I was defenseless against him. This was not the first time Travis Hawkins Jr. attacked me and sent me to the hospital.

 

Travis Hawkins Jr. has been charged with Assault Second Degree by the District Attorney’s office. Although, I appreciate all the efforts of the hospital and EMS staff, police, all the investigators, and District Attorney Ashley Rich, neither I nor my family agree that Assault Second Degree is the right charge. We are very hopeful and optimistic that as Ms. Rich, her offce and the police continue to investigate this crime, that the charges will be upgraded to attempted Murder. I was unconscious when the beating ended. I do not know what stopped him. I do know he has threatened to kill me before, he has attacked me with a metal pipe before, and on Thanksgiving Day he launched an unprovoked attack on me that left me unconscious, hospitalized, suffering horrific head trauma, severe injuries and in need of surgery and additional treatment. Since the attack, Travis Hawkins Jr. has been seen following my family and appearing at locations where they have gathered. He has threatened to finish me off. I believe as long as he is free on bond that my life continues to be in danger. Even beyond the physical harm, I am quite traumatized. I am afraid and I feel that I have been victimized repeatedly by the Hawkins family.

 

The interview at the Hawkins home was not requested by me, nor was I aware that the media would be at the Hawkins home. I was brought back to the home by Ally Hawkins. I wanted to be in my own apartment. Mr. Hawkins Sr. insisted we give the interview and statements were made. I believe Mr. Hawkins Sr. is very manipulative, I believe he organized the family and orchestrated the media represenation to portray himself in a better light. I do not feel safe there. I was very uneasy and nervous while I was there. I was still very disoriented, weak, and intimidated. Mr. Hawkins Sr. has also threatened me with harm based on my relationship with his daughter.   Travis Hawkins Sr. threatened me with a metal pipe while I was waiting in the car on a prior occassion.  Travis Hawkins Jr. used a metal pipe to assault me on a prior occassion.  He and his son pose a very real threat. I will not go back there.

 

It will be a very long time before I feel safe again. This sort of attack whether it is proven to be a hate crime or a crime derived from one man’s hate of another human being should not happen to anyone in this country. No one should have to endure an attack the way that I did. Neither should a mother have to see her daughter in the state that my mom had to see me.

 

During this investigation, many statements were made to the media, some were premature and misguided. All of us involved have been at the center of a huge media storm. At this time, we want to let the investigation continue and we need to heal. Ally Hawkins has continued to release statements and make arbitrary facebook posts and she has even offered a motive for her brother’s actions. Please know that Ally Hawkins is NOT SPEAKING for me, she is NOT representing me in the media in any way. Her statements and public posts on facebook or any other form of social media are NOT representative of my opinions, beliefs or words.

 

I am fortunate that my family’s love for me is unconditional. I fell in love with a girl. My family loves, accepts and supports me. They have shown nothing but love and acceptance throughout my attack, my time in the hospital, and the investigation of this brutal attack, they have been there for me, loving me and supporting me. I want to thank and publicly show my appreciation for my mom, my brother and sister, my Uncle Ricky, Linda, my grandma. Besides the countless individuals who have offered their support financially and in words of kindness, I also want to thank organizations like Equality Alabama and GLAAD for offering their direct support to me and my family, as well as working to create a culture in Alabama where people aren’t attacked for being who they are and loving who they love. Thank you to all those who have prayed, supported and advocated for myself and my family. For those of you who pray, we ask you to continue to pray for us as we heal.

 

Related:

Lesbian Hosptialized After Severe Thanksgiving Beating By Girlfriend’s Brother

Family Of Lesbian Brutally Beaten Demands Hate Crime Charges, DA Refusing

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{ 5 comments }

Scott_Rose November 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

The D.A. in this case is a total scumbag. The family should already have been issued restraining orders against the defendant and then when he violated the orders, he should have been put in jail. The fact that didn't happen is very worrisome.

lsinbc November 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

This is a terrible crime and my heart breaks for Mallory. I want to make a donation to help pay for her medical expenses but, I don't mean any disrespect, the link provided is for an account set up by a Linda Crews of Pensacola Fl. and she will receive the payments directly. Has anyone from The Civil Rights Movement checked to make sure this is legitimate and if so, what guarantee is there that Mallory will be the beneficiary?

FiestyCharlie November 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

As a victim of a true hate crime resulting in a gay bashing, my heart goes out to her, but after digging around, I am seeing some conflicting reports, which make me wary about giving any money for anything. It seems a local TV station, Fox 10, posted this story on Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012, at 8:42 AM CST.
http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/mobile

I have been a gay rights advocate and activist my whole life, and believe there should be laws that protect the LGBTQ community from hate crimes, when there is a real hate crime involved. BUT… lately there have been a few faked crimes, which actually set our movement back in getting these laws passed.

I am truly sorry Mallory was beaten, but she cannot go on TV one day and deny the assault happened because she is gay and return to home where beating occurred and then turn around 2 days later and release a statement to the media that it was because she is gay.

If the victim is saying the assault is NOT related to her sexuality, the DA really can't press for a hate crime charge, especially if she gives and interview stating it wasn't due to her sexuality. I want to see more facts in this case before there is an outpouring of money and media distraction from bigger things to deal with, such as the stand your ground cases in FL, which seem to truly be motivated by racial prejudice and hate.

It seems from a devil's advocate position, there is money coming in from strangers, coupled with a great deal of immaturity and it is all coming up a bit fishy.

FiestyCharlie November 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm

She is claiming she did not know the media was going to be there. All she had to say was no comment, or "I am not going back to that house." I am having a hard time believing her.

mookieshoes December 1, 2012 at 3:14 am

<div class="idc-message" id="idc-comment-msg-div-506397951"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(506397951)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fthenewcivilrightsmovement.com%2F1-mallory-owens-speaks-about-attack-i-believe-he-intended-to-kill-me%2Fnews%2F2012%2F11%2F30%2F54995%23idc-container#IDComment506397951&t=I%20just%20commented%20on%20Mallory%20Owens%20Speaks%20About%20Attack%3A%20%E2%80%98I%20Believe%20He%20Intended%20To%20Kill%20Me%E2%80%99%20%7C%20The%20New%20Civil%20Rights%20Movement&quot; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(506397951)">Close MessageFiestyCharlie, I suggest you give up the advocacy field and look into something that doesn't require victim contact or empathy. If I were drugged up and dragged back to the home of a man who shot one son in the chest and allegedly attempted to murder the other, where i'd just been savagely attacked myself, in that weakened and terrified state I'd likely say whatever I was coached to say on the way there too. Self preservation is funny that way. You will say and do just about anything to avoid pain and possible death. That household setting is domestic dysfunction and abuse 101 but unlike the hundreds of thousands of people who live in fear ever day, I'm sure your tough hardened self would've marched up to Travis Sr. brain bleed and all, and given him what for right? You wouldn't have been dazed, confused, and frightened at all. Well bully for you.

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