Sunday, May 18, 2008

Kent Police failed goth who was attacked in 2005

Thanks to Leanisb for providing some good links. We missed this interesting story in Kent where she talked about how the police failed to support her after an attack in 2005:

VIOLENCE VICTIM LEANIS SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HATE

17 April 2008
Reading recent articles about Sophie Lancaster, kicked to death for her style of dress, was disturbing for everyone but for one Hythe resident it brought back painful memories.In a less severe incident Leanis Bathory was attacked in Hythe in 2005, also because she is a goth. The 24-year-old now wants to raise awareness of the extent of the problem.

Miss Bathory was set upon in the High Street by a group of youths who later boasted about the attack. She said: "They asked me for money and I refused so they started shouting abuse. They ran off but one girl came back and hit me in the face."

The former art student was found by women who called the police but she did not find officers helpful. She said: "They told me they'd try to catch them but they weren't sympathetic and I never heard anything back.

"I found out the girl's name when she bragged about it and told the police but nothing happened so I gave up."

The Stade Street resident said that this incident was not the only one her and her friends suffered. She said: "We've had a huge experience of violence like this. People think it's all right because we're different.

"I want to raise awareness of the problems faced by subcultures. A petition has gone to Parliament about extending the hate crime laws and there's a memorial fund called Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere (Sophie) to tell people about the problem."

Chief inspector Luke Dodson said the incident had been treated seriously and that everything that could have been done had been.

He added: "I'm sorry the victim is unhappy with the way it was dealt with. I would like to reassure people that we take all reports of crime seriously and we invest resources into training to raise awareness of diversity issues."
We hope they did better in March 2008 when a similar incident happened the news reports indicated they were at least taking it seiously this time:

Kent - Teenage goth attacked

4 comments:

leanisb said...

Thanks for posting these. I have to say the Tempest story made me want to cry. The police in my case didn't try very hard to catch the girl who attacked me. I was left with a scar on my face for two years and even when I found out who did it and told the police, they did nothing. However, when this same individual scratched a police officer's hand, she had to pay a fine and do community service!

alterophobia@gmail.com said...

No problem. The more you look into this the more depressing it gets.

I am sorry to hear about your story. I have heard similar ones there seems a wide disparity about how the police treat these sort of crimes. I hope they are going to be taken more seriously in future.

leanisb said...

Just to let you know, my repeated pressure on the police, through the local press, this site, and by email, has resulted in them checking out my case. Finally! I cannot say any more, as I don't think I'm allowed to. Fingers crossed I get justice!

alterophobia@gmail.com said...

That is Great news. Keep me informed good luck!!!