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    Lesbian woman attacked, bound by zip ties, has "dyke" carved into her chest.

    In her own home. they spraypainted the walls and tried to set the house on fire with gasoline. the woman had to crawl, naked, bound, and bleeding, to a neighbor's home for help.

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    http://journalstar.com/news/local/cr...a032b8e03.html

    Hundreds of people gathered with rainbow flags and candles outside the Capitol for a nighttime vigil sparked by a woman's account of a violent, hate-fueled attack that spread rapidly over the Internet on Sunday.

    The woman said she was attacked early that morning by three masked men who barged into her house, bound her wrists and ankles with zip ties, cut her all over her body and carved homophobic slurs into her skin before dumping gasoline on her floor and lighting it with a match, said a friend who spoke to the Journal Star.

    The friend said the woman crawled from her house, naked and bleeding and screaming for help before reaching the doorstep of a neighbor's home.

    Late Sunday, police said they still were investigating the case and had yet to release an account of what they believe happened inside the home.

    Lincoln Police Capt. Joe Wright said officers were called to 22nd and E streets on a report of a fire and found the woman across the street from her house. They were told she had been assaulted by more than one suspect, who then started the house on fire, he said.

    City fire Inspector Damon Robbins said a match flame ignited vapors from a pool of gasoline on the woman's floor, but the flash fire did not continue to burn and caused no noticeable damage to the house.

    Police Chief Jim Peschong declined to comment further on the status of the investigation or its findings. No arrests had been made as of late Sunday.

    The woman's account of the attack drew outrage from a gay and straight-allied community already galvanized by this month's Star City Pride Festival as well as debate over the city's so-called fairness amendment, a proposal to ban discrimination in housing and employment based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

    The City Council approved the measure, but petition gatherers recently obtained enough signatures to put the measure up for a public vote. The earliest the amendment will appear on the ballot is November.

    An hour before Sunday's crowd gathered at the Capitol, a Facebook event for the vigil had been shared with almost 10,000 people, with 775 saying they planned to attend -- either in person or in spirit.

    Tyler Richard, president of Outlinc, a group that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Lincoln, estimated the physical turnout to be about 300 people by 9 p.m.

    The crowd spilled into 14th Street from the west stairs and sidewalk of the Capitol. Police forced attendees onto the Capitol lawn to make room for passing vehicles.

    Karen Bratton-Cranford, president of the LGBT advocate group Star City Pride, took the microphone to urge those gathered to act with respect and to refrain from seeking revenge.

    “Don’t go out and act on your own,” she said. “Don’t give them the power to control your actions."

    Richard expressed confidence Sunday night that the police would handle the case with diligence and with respect to those involved. They had a history of doing so, he said.

    “I have a lot of faith in our police department,” he said. “We have a long history of support within our community.

    "We are shocked and saddened by the report of an alleged hate crime involving a member of the LGBT community early Sunday morning," he said in an earlier news release.

    "Our hearts go out to the victim, her family and close friends. Many in our community are understandably experiencing a great deal of sadness, anger and confusion. We look to our entire community to pull together in this difficult time."
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    Read about this the other day. Just awful :x


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    Despicable. The perpetrators should be round up and shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Despicable. The perpetrators should be round up and shot.
    I'd rather torture them and burn the word "homophobe" into each of their chests and bound them and see how they like it.

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    Just because she was lesbian? Why can't people accept that not everyone's the same...

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    This is horrible... but I can't imagine they'd do this to her only because of a simple reason of being a lesbian, it makes no sense.

    Hope the police find them...

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    I live in Omaha, NE. It's all kind of crazy. This kind of stuff rarely happens but Lincoln is a huge college town so crazy things can happen almost out of nowhere. Now they are investigating to make sure it's not a hoax. http://www.omaha.com/article/20120725/NEWS/707259886 Really? A hoax? Honestly this stuff doesn't really happen here (as backwards as the Midwest can be sometimes). Really hope they find who did it.
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    Dude, this kind of stuff scares the shit out of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Night of Neptune View Post
    This is horrible... but I can't imagine they'd do this to her only because of a simple reason of being a lesbian, it makes no sense.

    Hope the police find them...
    Hate is a powerful emotion and it tends to make people with no remorse do awful things.

    I really hope that any of the anti-gays in that community are turned around by this act.

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    Disgusting. I hope those fucks are caught.

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    and it's filled with people who are filled with shit!
    And the vermin of the world inhabit it!
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    Just want to tell the people who did this heinous act, that Karma is a bitch.

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    I just don't get it.. Just don't. Why hate on someone that hasn't done anything to you? This is inhuman.

    It's very difficult for me to comprehend the hatred on people who just want to love and be loved, reading stuff like this is heartbreaking and alarming. I hope she is okay, well, I hope she can be after all of this.

    Is it so hard for authorities to treat everyone equally? Why does the gay people have tu suffer so much, both phisically and psichologically, when there are "straight" people who just are despicable human beings?

    This is a slight different topic but I've always wondered.. Is it "too bad" for people and governments to accept and recognize gay marriage, while you see thousands of -straight- unions with domestic violence, adultery, blackmail, just to name a few? I want them to explain me how, is -straight- marriage "better"? There are a LOT of ramifications to this but if two people want to be together just let them be, I'd rather see two men or women living their love freely over seeing a man hitting his wife, any day.

    There are MANY things that can be discussed regarding my previous paragraph, and I know I let some loose ends around there but I'm just opening the way for debate here. I know domestic violence probably isn't something to compare (I wasn't trying to) to gay marriage but I think you can understand my point.

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    ...*headdesk*

    You know what the biggest problem plaguing this planet is? It's that ambitious people with lots of resources like James Holmes and Anders Breivik go to all the trouble of spending months planning out their killing sprees...and then they go and target the wrong fucking people. The people that pull this kind of shit are the ones that need to be killed by the dozens, for fuck's sake...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Despicable. The perpetrators should be round up and shot.
    I guess you aren't much of a peace advocate

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    I'd rather torture them and burn the word "homophobe" into each of their chests and bound them and see how they like it.
    fair I guess

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    Get fuckd, I hate this planet.
    It's not the planet that encourages homophobia. When you grow up in a judgmental society that demonizes most of whatever isn't the majority, that's where the problem lies.

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    Hate is a powerful emotion and it tends to make people with no remorse do awful things.

    I really hope that any of the anti-gays in that community are turned around by this act.
    Hate is a sign of weakness. It stems from fear. doing things like this just makes a weak person feel powerful.
    I wonder how awesome or awful the attacker(s) feel about the aftermath of this.

    Also...

    What if the woman was a gigantic cunt that did awful things and this was her karma?

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    Christ, that's like something out of a horror movie. People are scarier than any monster, if you ask me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    What if the woman was a gigantic cunt that did awful things and this was her karma?
    You believe in karma?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    What if the woman was a gigantic cunt that did awful things and this was her karma?
    Nobody deserves this, dude. Even if they were a "gigantic cunt", as you have so pleasantly put.

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    Shocking turn of events: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/21/justic...html?hpt=hp_t2

    A Nebraska "hate crime" that targeted an openly gay woman and that triggered responses from candlelight vigils locally to Facebook postings of support nationwide was staged by the alleged victim, authorities said Tuesday as they charged the woman with lying to police.

    Charlie Rogers -- a former basketball player for the University of Nebraska who identifies herself as lesbian -- told police that three masked men entered her home on July 22, stripped her, tied her down, and carved homophobic slurs into her body before attempting to set her and the house on fire.

    But the Lincoln Police Department said Tuesday that "the physical evidence conflicted with Charlie Rogers' version of events" and that "extensive investigation revealed numerous inconsistencies."

    Rogers was arrested Tuesday, police said.

    Her attorney, Brett McArthur, told CNN Tuesday night that Rogers had agreed as part of an arrangement to turn herself in, in exchange for a personal recognizance bond.

    "She did not have to post any money" to be be released," McArthur said, adding that his client pleaded not guilty to the charge of lying to police.

    The police in Lincoln, Nebraska, arrested Charlie Rogers on charges of filing a false report.

    "She maintains her innocence. This has been kind of a kick in the gut as a victim to turn around and be charged," McArthur said.

    In a news release, police cited DNA and pathologists' examinations that did not substantiate Rogers' original statements, and changes in her story during the investigation.

    "These were serious allegations that garnered national attention and spread fear among local citizens," the police statement said. "A great deal of time and resources were spent investigating Charlie Rogers' claims in hopes of identifying and arresting the three suspects in this case."

    Beth Rigatuso, president of Heartland Pride based in Omaha, organized a vigil that attracted over 1,000 people in the aftermath of the reported attack.

    For her, the news that it may have been a hoax is "a pretty big blow."

    "I don't feel betrayed as much as I feel sad for how, if this is really true...there is a lot of things going on with her," Rigatuso said. "It leads to a bigger problem in our society that someone would do this."

    Rigatuso said she hopes people would not turn their backs on Rogers now.

    The vigil she put together in Omaha raised more than $1,800, all of which was deposited in an account for Rogers.

    "We'd like to get the funds returned to us so we can establish our own fund to support victims of anti-gay violence." Rigatuso said Tuesday.

    McArthur, Rogers' attorney, said he "knows nothing" about the fund or how much money might be in it. He said it was in place before he became Rogers' lawyer.

    According to the Lincoln Police Department complaint, Rogers, 33, provided information "she knew to be false" with the intent to "instigate an investigation of an alleged criminal matter."

    Rogers reported to police that she was lying on her bed when the alleged attackers held her down and carved "derogatory words" into her arms and abdomen and "a cross" in her chest. She told police she was then rolled onto her stomach where more cuts were made.

    But according to a deposition from Lincoln police investigator Lynette Russell filed as part of the complaint, Rogers bedspread was "evenly placed on the bed and no apparent sign of a struggle." A DNA lab test found no evidence of blood on the bedspread.

    Russell also described a pair of white gloves found at the scene that Rogers had said were not hers.

    "Ms. Rogers DNA profile was the major contributor to the DNA located on the inside of the gloves," Russell said.

    Furthermore, the deposition said, the FBI sent photos of Rogers' cuts to a forensic pathologist, who believed the wounds to be self-inflicted.

    "This opinion is based partially on the fact that the cuts appeared superficial and symmetrical, avoided sensitive areas of the body,...are accessible to the victim and follow the victim's frame of reference for reading and writing," the deposition said.

    Rumors had been circulating in recent weeks in Lincoln and on the Internet due to the fact that police had yet to pinpoint any suspects. The urge to respond to rumors prompted Rogers to give her one and only interview.

    "For people to think this doesn't happen here, it does," Rogers told CNN affiliate KETV on July 27. "It did."

    She refused to discuss the incident itself during that interview.

    Rogers' attorney at the time, Megan Mikolajczyk, told CNN her client was ready for a full interview early last week, but canceled saying "things have changed."

    Mikolajczyk said Tuesday that she is no longer Rogers' attorney.

    According to neighbor Linda Rappl, Rogers' showed up on her doorstep bloodied in the early morning hours immediately following the alleged attack last month.

    "I was in shock," Rappl said soon after the incident. "She was naked, her hands were tied with zip ties. All I could see was a cut across her forehead and blood running down."

    Rappl said she took the sobbing Rogers inside and wrapped her in a blanket before calling 911.
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    Also...

    What if the woman was a gigantic cunt that did awful things and this was her karma?
    This is one of the most insensitive and brainless comments I've ever read on these forums, and I've been here 10 years. Give your head a shake. Wow.

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    This is one of the most insensitive and brainless comments I've ever read on these forums, and I've been here 10 years. Give your head a shake. Wow.
    "The perpetrators should be round up and shot."- Mark.

    That was insensitive and reactionary, which doesn't take much use of the brain to do.

    I posted that in contrast to reactionary comments. I think it's much better to read things and ask why instead of assume things.
    Your post is the exact reason why I responded that way, along with someone who mentioned karma. Bad shit can actually happen to fucked up people, ya know? The twist in events is proof to not judge so quickly if at all, since there is plenty that we don't know.

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