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MrColin

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Thanks to stupid laws like VAWA and the various hate crime laws assaulting a woman is a fedral felony yet assaulting a man remains a comedy.

From here: http://www.omaha.com/article/20120821/NEWS/708229999/0

LINCOLN — Forensic medical professionals told police the anti-homosexual epithets cut into the body of a gay Lincoln woman were most likely self-inflicted, part of what has now led authorities to seek her arrest for false reporting.

Charlie Rogers, 33, a former basketball standout for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, told authorities she was the victim of a July 22 hate crime.

Rogers made a first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to the single count. She turned herself in Tuesday morning and was released without posting bail.

"To go through such a traumatic experience as she has been through and now be accused of a crime has made this even more difficult," said her attorney, Brett McArthur.

Her story that three masked male intruders broke into her house, bound her with zip ties and cut epithets into her arms and stomach fell apart under closer scrutiny, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by Lincoln Police Investigator Lynette Russell.

Among the inconsistencies with Rogers' report, according to the warrant:

A coroner's physician and a forensic pathologist said the cuts were either self-inflicted or done by someone with Rogers' cooperation. They made their determination after viewing photos of the cuts, saying they appeared superficial and symmetrical, avoided sensitive areas of the body, would have taken considerable time to do and were within Rogers' reach.

No male DNA was found on a pair of white knit gloves Rogers said one of the attackers was wearing. Rogers' DNA, however, was found on the inside of the gloves.

No blood was found on the covers of the bed where Rogers said the men held her while they carved the epithets into her body using a box cutter.

Rogers purchased zip ties, a box cutter, box cutter blades and white gloves from a local hardware store five days before the alleged attack. A store clerk picked Roger's photo out of a lineup as the person who made the purchase

Rogers also said the men spray-painted graffiti in her basement and set fire to her home.

Police said it is standard procedure to remain open to the possibility that assault reports are false. In the days after the report, they said they were actively searching for suspects, but they never made any arrests.

Gay-rights supporters held rallies in Omaha and Lincoln supporting Rogers, who they dubbed “Rainbow Jane.” The case also was reported nationally on news websites and discussed on social networks.

Gay-rights supporters held rallies in Omaha and Lincoln in support of Rogers.
 

MrColin

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The initial story a month earlier
LINCOLN — Three men broke into a Lincoln woman's home, bound her with zip ties, carved anti-gay slurs into her skin and set her house on fire, she told Lincoln police.

Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, said Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood. They have not made an arrest in connection with the attack.

A candlelight vigil in the woman's honor at the State Capitol on Sunday night drew more than 500 people.

The woman was treated at a hospital and released Sunday.

Outlinc, a Lincoln gay-rights organization, said in a statement Sunday evening that board members have confidence in the police investigation.

“Many in our community are understandably experiencing a great deal of sadness, anger and confusion,” Outlinc President Tyler Richard said in the statement. “We look to our entire community to pull together in this difficult time.”

Beth Rigatusso of Omaha's Heartland Pride said advocates plan to hold an Omaha vigil at 8 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Park.

The woman called police around 4 a.m. Sunday, saying men wearing black ski masks had broken into her home, according to Lincoln police.

She told police the men assaulted her — binding her hands and carving words into her skin with a knife — and then set fire to the house.
Capt. Jim Davidsaver said the victim's description of the men was limited because of the masks.

When police arrived, the house was still on fire, the captain said. He said it caused about $200 in damage.

Davidsaver would not say what the men carved into the woman's skin. “We need to maintain the integrity of the case,” he said.

But Erin Thompson of Lincoln, who described herself as the victim's best friend, said she got a call from her friend about 6:30 Sunday morning. The friend asked Thompson to pick her up from the hospital.

“They carved on me,” Thompson said her friend tearfully told her.

Thompson said three epithets, including the word “***,” were carved on her arms and stomach.

The woman, who is in her 30s, walked, naked and bound, to a neighbor's house to get help, Thompson said.

“I am so proud of her,” she said. “I'm so proud that my best friend could walk out the door.”

Davidsaver declined to release the victim's name, as did those who spoke at the vigil.

“The victim has asked that she remain anonymous,” said Karen Bratton-Cranford, president of Star City Pride. “We respect that. We respect her right to tell her story when she is ready.”

Thompson said the victim is openly lesbian.

She read a statement on behalf of the victim, who thanked those attending the vigil, her neighbor for summoning help, the police and fire department for their quick response, and the paramedics, nurses and doctors who helped her at BryanLGH Medical Center West in Lincoln, as well as an advocate from Voices of Hope who sat with her.

Thompson said she and her friend “always get harassed here and there.” She said they have only suspicions about the possible identities of the assailants.

Laya Martin-Tardy helped arrange the quickly organized vigil, putting up a Facebook event page to get the word out. She said at least 800 people said they would attend. Many in the crowd cheered when asked who had traveled from Omaha or elsewhere in the state to attend.

“I pray to God this never happens again,” Rigatusso of Heartland Pride shouted to the crowd.

Later she described the assault as “terrorism at its finest. I'm disgusted.”

Bratton said it seemed ironic that the assault comes only weeks after a gay pride celebration in Lincoln.

“I'm not going back in the closet,” she said. “You're not going to scare me back.”

Friends have set up a website to solicit donations for the woman's health care costs.
 

werepossum

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The vast majority of these cases are fraud - which, considering that they undercut the credibility of the occasional actual victim, is an evil thing to do.
 
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