Mallory Owens, Alleged Anti-Gay Hate Crime Victim, Releases Statement on Thanksgiving Attack
The victim of an alleged anti-gay hate crime has released an extensive statement on the experience, but stopped short of confirming that the attack was somehow motivated by her sexuality.
Mallory Owens of Mobile, Ala. was reportedly attending Thanksgiving dinner at the family home of girlfriend Ally Hawkins when she suffered multiple skull fractures and crushed bones after being attacked by Hawkins’ brother Travis Hawkins Jr., 18.
The 23-year-old Owens notes in the statement:
“I was unconscious when the beating ended. I do not know what stopped him. I do know he has threatened to kill me before, he has attacked me with a metal pipe before, and on Thanksgiving Day he launched an unprovoked attack on me that left me unconscious, hospitalized, suffering horrific head trauma, severe injuries and in need of surgery and additional treatment.
Since the attack, Travis Hawkins Jr. has been seen following my family and appearing at locations where they have gathered. He has threatened to finish me off. I believe as long as he is free on bond that my life continues to be in danger. Even beyond the physical harm, I am quite traumatized. I am afraid and I feel that I have been victimized repeatedly by the Hawkins family.”
Calling many of the media reports “orchestrated” by the Hawkins family as well as “premature and misguided,” Owens added:
“I am fortunate that my family’s love for me is unconditional.