Horrifying Attack on Nebraska Lesbian
July 23, 2012 by Fred Sainz, Vice President, Communications and Marketing
Over the weekend we learned about a brutal attack against a lesbian woman in Lincoln, Nebraska, during which home invaders bound the victim, carved anti-LGBT slurs into her skin, and set her house on fire.
The accounts of the violence inflicted upon this woman are truly horrific. We have confidence that the Lincoln Police Department will thoroughly investigate this crime and take swift and appropriate action to bring the perpetrators to justice. No one should ever have to live in fear simply because of who they are. Our thoughts are with the victim and we wish her a full recovery. This act of violence is a jarring reminder that we have much work to do in creating environments where all members of our community feel safe living honestly and openly, and where crimes motivated by one’s sexual orientation or gender identity are never tolerated.
Nebraska has a hate crimes statute that covers crimes motivated by a victim’s sexual orientation. Federal authorities also may have jurisdiction over the crime as a result of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. We are alerting both the FBI and the Justice Department to this crime.
Beth Rigatuso of Omaha, Nebraska captured some powerful images from last night's vigil in Lincoln.