Canada: Lesbian Teen Attacked by Four Teenage Boys At Bus Stop In An Apparent Hate Crime

Posted By: Adrian Garcia | April 16, 2013 at 7:30 am EST

Calgary police are treating a late night attack on a 17-year-old girl as a possible hate crime.

The attack occurred Thursday evening at about 11:45 p.m., in the southeast community of New Brighton. As the teen was walking away from a bus stop, she was swarmed and attacked by four males, police say.

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The victim says the group teens attacked her, punching and kicking her several times, while using homophobic slurs. The openly-gay victim, received minor injuries in the attack.

According to CTV:

“I have a black eye, a split lip, the inside of my cheek is cut, a cut on my forehead, and my eye is so swollen I can barely open,” says the victim.

Cuts, scrapes and bruises on the face of the unidentified victim in the April 11, 2013 attack in the community of New Brighton

CTV Calgary has agreed to withhold the identity of the victim at the request of her family, who are concerned about retribution.

She says one of the attackers recorded the beating on his phone.

“(I’m) pretty shaken up, it’s hard not to be scared,” says the victim. “This is my neighborhood and I’ve always felt safe in it and now I don’t.”

“I’ve had people throw things at me and play ‘pick on the lesbian on the bus’, and put gum in my hair but nobody has physically assaulted me until now.”

Members of the Calgary Police Service spoke with the victim Thursday night and again Friday morning, and the CPS Hate Crimes Unit are investigating the attack.

Officers are uncertain if the victim in the attack was targeted because of her sexuality or if it was a random attack.

The victim says she’s never hidden her sexuality and she acts as a mentor to other gay teens at her school. She adds that although her attackers used gay slurs, the teens may have used the hate terms no matter who they were attacking and she may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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