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HRC Urges FBI To Investigate Beating Of Alabama Lesbian As Hate Crime

by David Badash on November 27, 2012

in Hate Crimes,News

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HRC, the Human Rights Campaign, has asked the FBI to intervene and investigate as a hate crime the severe beating of Mallory Owens, the 23-year old Alabama lesbian whose girlfriend’s brother was arrested only on second degree assault charges. Alabama has no state protections for LGBT people, so their laws would not allow the brutal assault to be deemed a hate crime, but the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act allows the FBI to get involved.

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

“Three years ago, the Alabama House of Representatives agreed to add sexual orientation to the state’s current hate crimes law protections, but the state senate let the legislation die,” NBC News reports, adding, “In 2006, Alabama voted to approve a ban on same-sex marriages by amending the state constitution.”

READ: Lesbian Hosptialized After Severe Thanksgiving Beating By Girlfriend’s Brother

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mallory Owens and her family as she recovers from the horrific injuries she sustained on Thanksgiving Day,” HRC President Chad Griffin said via a statement. “Violence against anyone – no matter what the motivation – is never acceptable. We call on both Alabama and federal law enforcement officials to thoroughly and swiftly investigate this crime to ensure Mallory’s attacker is brought to justice.”

Living openly as an LGBT person in America takes a tremendous amount of courage, and moments like this remind us of the obligation we have to continue creating safer environments – particularly for vulnerable LGBT youth. No one who is brave enough to be open and honest in their local community should ever fear for their well-being or personal safety.”

HRC has reached out to the Department of Justice and the FBI to urge them to investigate the incident and provide any needed assistance to local law enforcement. Alabama has no hate crime protections that cover sexual orientation and gender identity.

Veteran journalist Karen Ocamb adds a fund has been established to help Owens pay for her medical expenses:

WKRG reports that Mallory has no health insurance – however a fund has been set up to help pay her medical bills at any Regions Bank. According to Evelyn Mitchell of Regions Corporate Communications, “An assistance fund has been set up to benefit Mallory Ann N. Owens,” and the public can go to regions.com to find a bank or “call 1-800-REGIONS for information on locations or bank by mail donations.” Here’s the website for bank locations in the Mobile area.

Image of Mallory Owens via Facebook: Sonia Mason

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{ 3 comments }

LOrion November 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

SHARING!

LOrion November 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

and forwarded whole blog to HuffPostGay who put a piece up. But it didn't have any of this information.

BJLincoln November 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

So sad. I don't have a dime to give but I can spread the word and light a candle. I hope the FBI jumps on this and charge the guy with attempted murder. The whole family should be tossed in jail for not doing anything to stop him.

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