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Alabama Lesbian Brutally Beaten by Her Girlfriend's Brother in Alleged Thanksgiving Day Hate Crime


A Mobile, Alabama woman is recovering after being beaten in what family members are calling a bias-motivated assault by her girlfriend's brother, WKRG reports:

A family is seeking justice after they say a girl named Mallory Owens was badly beaten on Thanksgiving day for being gay. They want charges upgraded on her alleged attacker, 18-year-old Travis Hawkins Jr. Hawkins turned himself in Sunday for second degree assault charges, but bonded out the same day.

Owens' supporters believe those charges should be upgraded to attempted murder...

...Her mother told News 5 her daughter was beaten by Hawkins because she is in a relationship with his sister and he does not approve. The family is calling this a hate crime and cannot believe her alleged attacker is walking free.

The assault on Owens was also reported in a widely-distributed Facebook post, with photos of her injuries:

Wrote Facebook user Sonia Mason:

FB FAM; pls contact WEAR & WKRG to immediately give media coverage to the vicious attack on this beautiful 23yr old girl, Mallory Owens in Mobile County, AL! Mallory was an invited guest Thanksgiving Day to her gf fam dinner & brother, Travis Hawkins Jr, has been arrested, charged, and released on bail for ONLY 2nd degree assault! Mallory had experienced a brain bleed, reconstructive facial surgeries, (metal plates due to crushed cheek bones), and skull fractures! This at best was an attempted murder! Mallory deserves justice for the horrific attack & by the Grace of God her long road to recover! It is reported that the accused attackers family stood by, did not intervene, and have threatened the victim family! Pls call the Mobile County prosecutor and demand that this case be addressed!


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  1. I live in Alabama, yes it is an a** back wards state, but there are ppl here who believe in right and wrong. please don't bash the whole state some of us care. I don't care if your black white green blue red gay lesbian or otherwise treating ppl with such disrespect and hate should be handled better than this. her life is forever changed. it hurts me to breath the same air as someone who could do something like that to someone

    Posted by: Sarah | Nov 26, 2012 10:38:25 PM

  2. Rick is a troll. It's never been more obvious he's a troll than his horrendous comments in this comments section. Ignore Rick, everyone.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 26, 2012 11:07:29 PM

  3. Shame his dad didn't shoot straighter last year.

    Posted by: JACKO | Nov 26, 2012 11:08:04 PM

  4. Actually Travis Jr's brother, has the same Travis Snr (shown in the article who shot his son,) listed as his own father, so it is the same family being talked about here. Travis Snr has Ally Hawkins listed as a friend as well.

    Posted by: JACKO | Nov 26, 2012 11:19:25 PM

  5. I'm from the great state of Alabama, I voted for Romney. For all of you talking political BS THIS IS NOT THE TIME!!!! I was raised with certain values, 1 of which is you never ever hit a woman for any reason. To me her sexual preference means nothing. This man *boy* is the lowest piece of filth, putting it mild. Everyone has their beliefs about how "us backerds ass rednecks is raised" but let me assure you we are appalled by this.. As a nation can we please atleast stand together for this beautiful young lady?? She's going to need all of our prayers & support....

    Posted by: steve | Nov 26, 2012 11:40:02 PM

  6. Theres beating the crud out of some one and then theres this. This was attempted murder.

    Posted by: Nate | Nov 27, 2012 12:05:20 AM


    Posted by: anonymous | Nov 27, 2012 12:47:47 AM

  8. @OtisJackson: The Democartic party in the South was better known by its nickname of "Dixiecrats" to distinguish them from the rest of the Democratic party. Basically, the Republican and Democratic parties switched places with the Civil Rights legislation of the 1960s and was cemented with the Republican's racist "Southern Strategy". "so get your $hit straight"

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 27, 2012 2:18:40 AM

  9. Justice will be served. I hope the family of this poor girl gets a good attorney to file suit against the family that invited her into their home and stood by while she was savaged.

    They deserve to lose everything.
    Does anyone know what hospital she is in? I would love to send flowers.

    Posted by: John Dough | Nov 27, 2012 3:17:12 AM

  10. Let's check off why not live in a red state:
    a. You are taught intolerance as acceptable
    b. You are never safe being gay even within your own family
    c. Repugnant Republicans pass laws irregardless of reality
    d. You encounter this nutjob who will be a lesbian as soon as the jail/prison doors close.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Nov 27, 2012 7:57:52 AM

  11. @Diogenes Arktos: what an ignorant comment. the term "dixiecrat" refers to the states' rights democratic party, a short-lived breakaway faction of the democratic party in 1948. the term "dixiecrat" was never broadly applied to all southern democrats, only an extremely limited number of radical, racist politicians (particularly strom thurmond). but let's be honest here: there are racists and homophobes within BOTH political parties. so with that in mind, can we please use this comments section to express our sympathy for the victim of this heinous crime and leave the "red state" stereotypes at home?

    Posted by: Joseph | Nov 27, 2012 11:39:39 AM

  12. Ultimately one has to wonder how such a crime was able to be perpetrated in the first place and why for that matter the state of Alabama does not have a clause for assault against another human being strictly because of their sexual orientation classified as a hate crime?

    Then again that may tell us something about the general attitude towards same sex couples in certain quarters of the country and the implicit state condoning of such behavior and attitudes which to some degree embolden intolerance towards same sex couples.

    Posted by: scallywag | Nov 27, 2012 11:54:05 AM

  13. Step it up...they haven't even seen what damages he's inflicted to her brain...her memory..her senses..he ability to think clearly....they've yet to asses what fears and anxieties she'll now have after this horrible experience that nobody should ever have to experience in a civil society....lawyers and police do your job...have a conscience...the reward will be the truth. A kid gets hurt at Universal Studios and receives everything under the sun from a lawsuit but an obviously deliberate act such as this is still in question? As if it is NOT a hate crime? The tabloids cry hate for the smallest of comments and THE STATE CAN'T IDENTIFY THIS ONE? Please. Don't insult the intelligence of the people from the south. C'mon.

    Posted by: Croft | Nov 27, 2012 12:32:48 PM

  14. This guy is one POS. Yeah, it takes a real "stand up a**hole" to do this to a young lady. Mallory, bless you sweetheart.

    Posted by: Jason Thomas | Nov 27, 2012 1:29:46 PM

  15. that punk is a p***y he cant beat a man so he got to beat a woman i hope he goes to prison and gets beat twice as bad as her and his family should have chargers to for watching and not stoping him it sounds like premeditaded attemted murder they invited her over and watched him beat her almost to death if they dont do something to him and his family there should be a riot

    Posted by: justice | Nov 27, 2012 9:13:15 PM

  16. Horrific and truly saddening. I hope she fully recovers and is able to have a happy, healthy life.

    Posted by: John | Nov 27, 2012 10:38:38 PM

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  18. When he goes to prison I hope they let all the prisoners know that he likes beating women someone who is 10% weaker than he is physically so he can get that ass whipped everyday for eternity!

    Posted by: omegaboost | Dec 1, 2012 1:57:31 PM

  19. The Hawkins family need to be charged with witness tampering also. To bring Mallory back to their home and make her face the media was definitely tampering. They used the media to victim blame. Their behavior needs national media attention.

    Posted by: Sally Webber | Dec 1, 2012 5:03:30 PM

  20. Bet she does not go back

    Posted by: Rusty | Jun 26, 2013 11:00:11 PM

  21. She may have overstepped her place. What if she was putting moves on his sister when he did not approve? She may have cussed him the whole time. Needless to say she won't do it again. BTW Hate crimes are bs.

    Posted by: Rusty | Jun 26, 2013 11:03:55 PM

  22. Democrats in the south are horrible people. Rednecks in the KKK, Stupid, Ignorant and vote Democrat in every election. Republicans in the south are the college educated, family oriented type people. Democrats are TRASH.

    Posted by: Rusty | Jun 26, 2013 11:56:41 PM

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