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Rights Bahamas: Vile hate crime must be prosecuted
By Right Bahamas
May 20, 2020 - 5:05:39 PM

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Rights group condemns beating of GB woman, shameful reaction on social media

Rights Bahamas is shocked and appalled by the violent and despicable hate crime committed in Grand Bahama this week, when an 18-year-old woman was attacked and savagely beaten by three men because of her sexual orientation.

We condemn the vile act in the strongest of terms and demand that the perpetrators, who are easily identifiable in a video of the incident being circulated on social media, be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Law enforcement must be committed to protecting the most vulnerable among us.

Rights Bahamas also cries shame on the members of the public who have sought to demean and make fun of the victim on social media, a disgusting display of intolerance and hatred that is perhaps more concerning than the incident itself. What could be funny about a grown man repeatedly smashing a piece of wood into the back of a young woman’s head while his friends punch and slap her? What does it say about us as a people that so many consider this a source of humour and entertainment? What are we to think when so many of the culprits are fellow women, who should be standing together in solidarity to oppose the many injustices faced in common as members of an oppressed gender in this society?

Around the world, this kind of hate crime – the targeting of a person with extreme violence because of who they are – is denounced as among the most reprehensible modes of human conduct imaginable. Our government should take heed: the appearance of this type of hatred and violence is always a signal of deeper underlying currents within society and a warning of things to come. It must be nipped in the bud immediately and decisively.

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