Young woman injured in suspected homophobic attack by two men

Young woman injured in suspected homophobic attack by two men
Posted on 17 Jan 2020

A 20-year-old Sunderland woman has been injured in a suspected homophobic attack.

Charlie Graham says that she was punched in the back of the head during an assault by two men.

Northumbria police say they are investigating the suspected hate crime.

Ms Graham had been on her way to meet a friend in the early hours of the morning when the attack took place. 

She said she had been attacked in similar circumstances on five previous occasions.

Speaking to the Mirror Online, she said: “I don’t go anywhere by myself anymore. I only feel comfortable at my mum’s house. I have had people threatening to come through my door and smash the windows in.”

She added: “I do look like a boy and I do act like a boy and there is no femininity about me at all. But I am not aggressive or rowdy, and I don’t pick fights. I have never opened my mouth to anybody.”

She went on to say that she wanted the photographs of her injuries to be published: “[It’s] very important to me for my pictures to be shared, so people are aware there are people out there that will attack you for whatever reason they feel is necessary - whether that is your sexuality, colour of your skin, the way you walk or how you dress.”

A spokesperson for Northumbria police said: “We received a report of an assault on Blackwood Road, Sunderland.

“It was reported that a woman was walking when she was attacked by two males who subjected her to homophobic language and caused injuries to her face, hands and knees.”



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