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Alleged hate crime in Oklahoma sparks rally

“I was driving home from work and saw a small pickup in front of my house,” she said. “It really wasn’t a strange sight. There are different cars there [at my neighbor’s] every day and I didn’t think anything of it, so I went ahead and pulled in my driveway, and when I got out of my car, two guys got out of the truck. One called me a ‘faggot’ and they started running towards me.
— Ada, Oklahoma resident Sarah Kaspereit, who says she was wrestled to the ground and had “lesbian” carved into her arm.

Police are still investigating the incident, which took place on Monday in the small Oklahoma town.  (KTEN):

The victim claims that she didn’t know her attackers and was unable to fight them off as they allegedly held her down and carved the word “lesbian” into her forearm. Twenty-year-old Sarah Kaspereit says after the two men left, she was taken to the hospital by a friend. She says the Ada police think either a razor blade or a box knife was used to cut the word into her arm.

The attack sparked a gay rights rally that was held in downtown Ada Tuesday at noon. Police say they are carefully investigating the alleged incident.

“We want to raise awareness, we want people to know that this is happening, even in small towns like Ada,” said Kaspereit. Mark Bratcher, the public spokesperson for the Ada police said, “It’s potentially a hate crime, and because of that reason we have contacted the FBI to come in and take a closer look at the situation.” 

You can see video of this story at the KTEN web site.

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