Hate-motivated assault Tuesday night

According to a Public Safety Alert sent out tonight, a female Georgetown student was assaulted Tuesday based on a pro-gay rights shirt she was wearing:

On Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at approximately 5:44 p.m., a student reported to DPS that she had been assaulted on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 9:10 p.m. The complainant reported that while she was walking on Canal Road in the area adjacent to the entrance to campus, two unknown males began insulting her with derogatory comments based on her perceived sexual orientation. The complainant reported that she was wearing a shirt with a logo indicating support for gay rights.

The suspects would not allow the complainant to pass by, then took her book bag and taunted her. They hit her on her upper torso, pushed her to the pavement, and struck her with the book bag. The suspects left the scene heading west on Canal Road towards Foxhall Road.

The Voice will have more information in tomorrow’s issue.

22 Comments on “Hate-motivated assault Tuesday night

  1. Before everyone jumps on this as indicating GEORGETOWN’s anti-gay atmosphere, please let’s just ask: Have you ever heard of a Georgetown student just hanging out on Canal Road?

    Still, very wrong, and the guys should be punished. I’m just hoping people don’t take this as reflecting anything about the University or its students unless we find out that they were in fact students.

  2. Tim, you need to sit down and listen once in awhile. No one has said anything about this reflecting on Georgetown’s students. Nevertheless, it did happen here. Instead of worrying about GU’s image, the first response to a situation like this should be: We all need to stand up against hate and violence whenever and wherever it happens.

    And yes, while I don’t exactly “hang out” on Canal Road, I do go through there several times a week down to the towpath/trails, as do many students.

    I’m glad you agree “the guys should be punished,” as if that were up for debate?

  3. I “stand up against hate and violence” by not engaging in it and by condemning it in all forms. But there ARE a lot of people, especially in communities that have been unfortunately and unfairly victimized in the past, who do consider these sorts of occurrences as reflecting negatively on the University, its students, and its general policy of acceptance towards such groups, etc. Someone will inevitably respond to this sort of crime by saying “Look! NOW we need to have classes on tolerance, and University-wide reform, and a resource center, and all sorts of other things.” And my response is simply, “No, we need to harshly punish the few ignorant bigots, but please don’t drag the entire University and its population under this same unfortunate umbrella.”

  4. I think Tim’s opinion reflects the sentiments of the silent majority at Georgetown.

  5. not engaging in hate and violence does not count as standing up against it. I don’t engage in the use of cocaine, does that mean I’m a DEA agent. Tim’s attitude of doing nothing, “I’m fine as long as I’m not personally assaulting someone” is the kind of behavior that ignores the positive role we, the non-assailants can play in stopping such behavior from ever happening, or at least happening less.

  6. Not Greg Monroe,

    Vigilante student security force? Or more activities where we hold hands and encourage each other to be nice?

    No, students cannot stop the worst few from doing bad things. Fine, so maybe you are not a DEA agent. But I’m not blaming you for the city’s drug problem, and I’m not going to impose on you to try to stop it. The same goes for these sorts of mindless bigotry-driven crimes.

  7. “The Voice will have more information in tomorrow’s issue.”

    I don’t see any.

  8. “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral conflict, remain neutral.” -Dante

  9. This was sexual assault. Two guys harassing a girl while saying she’s homosexual, then hitting her in her chest, so hard she hits the ground, then hitting her again.

  10. Punishment is not going to fix the number of hate crimes that occur on campus or even nationwide. The simplest example is that similar incidences had occurred before and, yet again, a crime of hate has been committed on campus.

    If the perpetrators are caught, any penal consequence will not resolve the hate they harbor and will continue to extend into our society. To me, their arrest or any form of punishment will not completely transform this conflict into something positive. More needs to be done to ensure that incidents like this do not happen again based on sexual orientation, gender, race, age, religion, anything…

  11. To be quite honest with ya Tim, you’re missing the point that physical hate crimes don’t just occur in a vacuum.. they come out of a culture where we’re still somewhere in between it being ok and not ok to verbally harass someone. Just the other day, I’m at a party having a great time, some ROTC guy pulls out one of those “that’s so gay” comments, everyone laughs and no one says shit. Sure I’m not physically harmed, but besides it being a buzz kill, a situation like that makes me wonder if anyone really cares — even my friends who know I’m gay. So again, while we don’t know yet who these particular guys were, I still think we all need to step up and call out the bullshit when we see it. Quit trying to deceive yourself into thinking this is just the problem of a few particularly bigoted people.

  12. I think it’s sad that people think that positive responses to such tragedies as this are laughable and “drag the entire University and its population under this same unfortunate umbrella.” Look, we ARE under the same umbrella. We go to the same school. We walk the same streets at night. We are all vulnerable to attack

    These bias-related crimes happen because of HATE. People feel they can get away with hurting others and that it’s an acceptable thing to do. The vast majority of bias-related incidents (that get reported) on campus are against people’s perceived LGBTQ or allied status. It’s wrong that certain students have to fear harm from holding the hand of the person they love or just simply wearing a t-shirt.

    What’s even more wrong is that some people feel that it doesn’t need to be talked about.

  13. 11o’clock news on ABC

    I’d like to mention that hate crimes occur because of a culture that fosters them. That why we have the LGBT center and we are working towards a more inclusive campus. Many other bias incidents occur each year, but student are afraid of reporting them. But if had a nickle for how many times I have been called f@ggot….

    There is a genuine fear that LGBTA students often face walking alone on this campus at night. And it’s really sad.

  14. Tim, as has been said before, the few bigots do not exist in a vacuum. They exist in a culture that allows them to act (or even think) the way that they do.
    True, perhaps these attackers were not Georgetown students (though they might well have been), but that by no means implies that incidents of bigotry don’t occur on this campus.
    Perhaps you might want to consider why YOU are so opposed to the idea of taking courses that relate to diversity, or engaging in discourse on diversity-related issues in general.

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  19. Sign this petition to protest these heinous acts, and while you’re at it check out the links to other articles and video I’ve collected on my blog (www.newsericks.com/cura-personalis), and read my poem (yes, maybe a little lame, but I thought it an appropriate way to express myself) about the attacks. Leave comments to let me know what you think, and SIGN THE PETITION (copies will automatically go to President DeGioia asking him to take action on the issues raised by students at the various meetings and in the open letter).

    As a Georgetown alum, I’m proud of the way the overwhelming majority of students have responded to these attacks. Good job!

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