The country has come a long way in regards to accepting our LGBT family and friends. But sometimes, something happens that makes you remember how bad it used to be. Mallory Owens, a beautiful young woman, was brutalized by her girlfriend's brother on Thanksgiving. The article below has very graphic images, and also shows a picture of the "big brave man" who practically killed this tiny girl.
The attacker; a huge redneck named Travis Hawkins Jr., was arrested and released almost immediately. It would appear that Alabama thinks that it's only a second degree assault to crush someone's skull...you know, if that someone is a lesbian or a woman. Second degree assault is a slap in the face; this is a hate crime, and should be prosecuted as such.
That is not justice. That is not fair. That is not America, and we as Americans should not be willing to let this injustice pass lightly. The Mobile County District Attorney is Ashley Rich. The website is: http://www.mobileda.org
. The FBI is who investigates Federal Hate Crimes, and the local Mobile Office is: http://www.fbi.gov/mobile/contact-us/contact
. There is a petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/mobile-county-alabama-prosecutor-bring-travis-hawkins-jr-to-justice
but I hold very little faith in petitions vs. calling them directly.
I know we're all busy, and it's hard to take the time for someone we don't know...but Mallory's case is bigger than just Mallory. This brutal attack is just one that we know about; but these cases happen frequently.
And for the " Fundamentalist argument" that she deserved it because...I dunno...vaginas or something; I point you towards Matthew 7:1-5. If anything; this is a case where Christians should rise up and says that this is not behavior they condone, this is a travesty of both humanity and faith. If anyone can look at the face of this child, after she's been beaten into a pulp and claim that God wants that to happen, they are a bad person and belong firmly in the camp of the Dark Side.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239123/Mallory-Owens-Lesbian-beaten-girlfriends-brother-Travis-Hawkins-Thanksgiving-dinner.html?ito=feeds-newsxml