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Reports: Mother says daughter targeted for being a lesbian
by Matt Simonette
2018-08-03

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A West Side woman has said that her 15-year-old daughter, who was attacked the afternoon of July 31, was targeted for being a lesbian, according to reports.

The girl, Amari Graves, and a 13-year-old female friend were on the 5700 block of W. Augusta Blvd. at about 2:20 p.m. when three persons—two females and one male—approached in two vehicles and attacked the two girls, according to Chicago Police spokesperson Jennifer Byrk.

Graves was taken to to West Suburban Hospital with facial injuries, bruising and swelling in her left eye, as we all as lacerations to her left elbow and her right hand.

No offenders are in custody and an investigation is ongoing, Byrk added.

Graves' mother, Catina Parks-Dorsey, told NBC 5 that the attack was motivated by anti-gay bias and demanded to know why CPD wasn't doing more.

"Absolutely nothing was done," Catina Parks-Dorsey said. She added that the episode should be treated as a hate crime.

Graves said that one of the females assailants was a girl she knew from school; the other female was that person's mother, who Graves said recorded the assault.

NBC 5's report is at www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/teenage-girl-attacked-austin-489825901.html.


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