Last week a woman was attacked and raped in Richmond by four men who apparently targeted her for being a lesbian. (Read the Associated Press story and the KCBS story.)
CUAV COMMUNITY ALERT
Community Vigil for Peace and Healing
Where: 1500 Visalia Avenue, Richmond, CA (near Richmond Bart Station)
When: Saturday, December 27, 2008, 9:30pm-10pm
What: Peaceful vigil in response to hate-motivated gang-rape
>Alert: Members of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersexed communities will hold a peaceful vigil with support from Hand to Hand Martial Arts Center, at the location where a lesbian woman was raped by four men on Saturday December 13th 2008. LGBTQQI community members and all allies are welcome to come join in peace, healing, and support for the survivor and her courage in speaking out about the violence that was perpetrated against her.
People can bring a candle and are encouraged to carpool or take BART or walk-together. For more information regarding the incident in question please go to: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/21/BAV714SBA1.DTL
- Reporting Violence / Seeking Emotional Support – If you or someone else experiences Anti-LGBTQQI hate violence and/or sexual assault please contact CUAV’s 24 hour crisis line at (415) 333-4357 (HELP). Sexual assault survivors can also call San Francisco Women Against Rape at (415) 647-7273. If you have been sexually assaulted, it is recommended that medical attention be sought within 72 hours of the assault. If you need immediate assistance call 911 for help. Remember, you are not alone!
- Safety Buddies – Make a plan with a friend, neighbor, or co-worker who knows where you will be and what to do if you need help. Keep an eye on each other if you are going out together.
- Call for Help – Bring a whistle, a fully-charged cell phone, or just shout to get the attention of people around you.
- Buy Your Own! – Get your own drinks and take ’em with you! Never leave drinks unattended.