Woman Reportedly Raped at Knifepoint Because She is Gay


Greenpoint

The Brooklyn Paper is reporting that a woman was "raped at knifepoint" in the neighbourhood of Greenpoint in Brooklyn last Sunday morning because she is gay.

"A man put a knife to the victim’s face as she was walking along Java Street between Manhattan Avenue and McGuiness Boulevard just after midnight on June 16, the victim told police. He pulled her down onto the sidewalk and raped her. He told her it was because of her sexual orientation."

The man reportedly told the woman "I'm doing this to you because you're gay."

This is just the latest in a string of anti-gay hate crimes in New York City this year.

(Image by Genial23 via Flickr.)

Comments

  1. ratbastard says

    Hmmm. I hope this woman is OK, and gets the help she needs. And I seriously hope this isn’t another fake hate crime, because there’s way too many of the fake kind going around.

    And Julian, it’s ‘color’, not ‘colour’…;)

  2. ratbastard says

    Hmmm. I hope this woman is OK, and gets the help she needs. And I seriously hope this isn’t another fake hate crime, because there’s way too many of the fake kind going around.

    And Julian, it’s ‘color’, not ‘colour’…;)

  3. Steve says

    This is my neighborhood – I walk down that street to get to Tuesday night bar trivia. Ugh. This feels like Buffy’s ep “Prophecy Girl” when vampires murder kids in the AV room at school – and I feel a lot like Willow right now.

    My condolences and best hopes for the woman attacked.

  4. gomez says

    fenrox, you should withhold judgment before we have all the details of whether or not “a lot of people” had to have witnessed this on an early sunday morning. i once witnessed a couple get mugged on a dark city street who were hustled down a stairwell. if I didn’t have my attention turned at time, i would’ve easily missed it

  5. millerbeach says

    How in the world did this man know she was gay? I do not know this neighborhood…was she coming out of a bar, or something? All the same, I hope she is alright. Rape is a horrible crime, and I hope the man responsible is caught.

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