On Saturday, December 20th, a 28 year old woman was attacked when she got out of her car, beaten, taken to a desolate area and gang raped by four men. Authorities believe it was a hate crime because of the woman's homosexuality. During the attack, the four men made references to her sexual orientation. Read article for full story. Video
UPDATE: In an email from the organizers of the two events posted earlier in this post, they reported, "It is your compassion and your actions that has given the victim, "Richmond's Jane Doe" and her family something very powerful, HOPE.
"Between Saturday's Candle Vigil & Sunday's Leafleting in Richmond, over 200 people showed up and over 2000 fliers were issued through-out the community.
"It was our energy and interaction with the community that provided several possible leads that are now being investigated by Richmond's police department."
As a result of the success of the above, they are doing a new event.
What: Leafleting for Justice on behalf of "Richmond's Jane Doe"
Where: Wal-Mart 1400 Hilltop Mall Road Richmond, CA 94806
When: This Sunday January 4, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Sharp
Two events are scheduled this weekend in response to the attack. See calendar at the bottom of blog for further details.
What: Candlelight Vigil & Protest Against Hate Crimes
When: This Saturday Night, December 27th.
Time: 9:30 P.M. Sharp To 10:00 P.M.
Where: 1500 Visalia Ave, Richmond Ca
Note: Please bring a candle, and do your best to carpool out of respect for the neighborhood.
What: Visibility & Involvement with The Community by Issuing out Fliers of the "Most Wanted Criminals"
When: Sunday, December 28th.
Time: 1:00 P.M Sharp
Where: 4 mins from where the attack took place, meeting In front of Foods company, 1250 Macdonald Ave., Richmond, CA 94801
Note: Rain or Shine
The Community Violence Solutions and Rape Crisis Center has set up an account for donations to go to the victim. 100% of the money will go to her so she can replace her car, relocate and take time off from work.
To donate, Click on this link. IMPORTANT: You must indicate that it's fro Richmond Jane Doe.