Florida police searching for three men who raped a woman for being a lesbian

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 20:26 EDT
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Three men allegedly raped a 25-year-old woman in Florida while she was walking home from a LGBT nightclub. Orlando police are investigating the attack on early morning Sunday as a hate crime.

Shortly after leaving the Revolution nightclub, three white males in a silver car pulled up next to the woman and began taunting her. The victim told police the men called her a “lesbian” and “dyke” before they pushed her to the ground, took off her underwear and raped her.

She suffered scratches on her arms and a cut on her chin, according to police.

“They made statements indicating their desire to kind of punish her for her sexual orientation,” Sgt. Jim Young told WKMG 6.

One of the men allegedly told the victim, “I’ll show you how a real man feels.”

Randy Stephens of the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida has urged people to be cautious.

“With the recent successes we have had in the fight for equality, it is human nature to let down our guard,” he said in a statement. “We must always be observant of our surroundings and always try to travel in groups. Orlando is still a safe city. We are hopeful that these culprits will be caught in short order and brought to justice. Until then increased vigilance among all members of the LGBT community is advised.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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