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|Prostitution, drugs motivation in Ala. lesbian beating case?|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|November 30, 2012 13:26|
Anger over prostitution and drug use was the motive for the brutal Thanksgiving Day beating of a 23-year-old Alabama lesbian, according to Ally Hawkins, girlfriend of Mallory Owens, who was attacked by Hawkins’ brother. But in a written statement today, Owens stressed that Hawkins does not speak for her and said that both her girlfriend’s brother and father had threatened her in the past.
“It will be a very long time before I feel safe again. This sort of attack whether it is proven to be a hate crime or a crime derived from one man’s hate of another human being should not happen to anyone in this country,” Owens said, after noting that Hawkins’ father had also previously “threatened me with harm based on my relationship with his daughter.”
“No one should have to endure an attack the way that I did. Neither should a mother have to see her daughter in the state that my mom had to see me,” Owens said.
Travis Hawkins, Jr., Ally's brother, was arrested and charged with second degree assault following the beating. In today’s statement, Owens said she and her family believe the charge should be attempted murder.
“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,” Owens said in the written statement. “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.”
Ally Hawkins said she believed the attack stemmed from their drug use and their short stint selling sex for money to fund drug habits. She made the allegation in a status posted to Facebook.
Following the Facebook post, Ally Hawkins spoke with Mobile Fox affiliate Fox10. She said her brother beat Owens because he was angry the couple had acted as prostitutes twice; once together and once when Owens arranged it for Hawkins to perform.
“He found out that me and Mallory had done prostitution,” Ally Hawkins told Fox10. “We were really bad on drugs. The first time we both did it together. The second time it wasn't like that. I don't blame her for it. At the end of the day I could have said 'no.'”
Following the incident, Owens' mother told local media that she believed the attack was because of her daughter's sexual orientation. When Owens spoke with media following her release from the hospital, she denied the attack was a “hate crime” and said the reasons for the attack would soon be made public.
Alabama has hate crime protections but sexual orientation and gender identity are not covered statuses.
Mobile CBS affiliate WKRG has reported that Hawkins Jr. has been in hiding since he bonded out from jail earlier this week.
The New Civil Rights Movement posted a statement today from Owens' attorney, Christine Hernandez. GA Voice requested a comment from comment from Hernandez, but she was unavailable at the time of posting. Additional comments will be added as they become available.
Owens rejected Ally Hawkins as a spokesperson in comments made to Facebook and Fox10 but did not directly dispute the drug and prostitution claims.
A fund has been created to help Owens pay for her hospital visit and the subsequent costs she'll incur from the beating. As of the time of this posting only three people had given to the cause, with just $15.00.
Top photo: Alabama lesbian Mallory Owens after allegedly being beaten on Thanksgiving at her girlfriend's house (via Facebook)
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