Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2012]
Origins: On 25 November 2012, police in Mobile, Alabama, arrested 18-year-old Travis
Travis Hawkins, Jr., 18, is charged with
Godwin added Hawkins did not approve of the relationship and snapped. "He's never liked Mallory because [Alex] is in a relationship with a girl, he has never liked that fact whatsoever."
The beating left Owens with a broken nose, her eyes swollen shut and plates had to be inserted in her cheeks. "When I went in there, it did not look like her," Godwin said, "I don't know what made him snap." Godwin said Hawkins had previously hit Owens with a pipe wrench earlier in the year, but [she] never filed charges. "They had gotten past it and [the Hawkins family] told Mallory they wanted her to come over there and there wasn't going to be any problems and she goes over there and this happens."
The incident occurred as Thanksgiving Day turned violent at Hawkins' home on Bourgeois Drive in Mobile. Mobile Police Department said officers responded to the home for a report of a person being assaulted.
When police arrived, they found Owens, 23, had been punched repeatedly in the face.
Owens's mother said her daughter was attacked because of her sexual orientation.
"Oh, yes, I know they don't approve of it. This isn't the first time he has attacked Mallory. This is the second time. The first time he attacked her with a pipe and hit her in the back of the head and on the back a few times. People stepped in to help then," said Kristi Taylor, Owens's mother.
Taylor said this time, no one stepped in to shield her daughter from Hawkins's fist. She believes the Hawkins family stood by and let it happen.
"No, it was just a bad night. I honestly don't think that is what he thought, 'Hey, you're gay so I am going to do this to you,'" said Owens.
Ally Hawkins said she doesn't believe her brother attacked Owens because she is gay either.
"No, this is not a hate crime. We both know why it happened. That will come out, but not at this time. It is very humiliating," said Ally Hawkins.
"He found out that me and Mallory had done prostitution,” said Ally. “We were really bad in drugs. The first time we both did it together. And the second time it wasn't like that. But I don't blame her for it all the way because I could have said no."
Owens confirmed Ally Hawkins’ statements about the prostitution and drugs but said that’s between the two of them.
Douglas, April. "Teen Arrested for Assaulting Woman on Thanksgiving Day." WALA-TV [Mobile, AL]. 26 November 2012. Douglas, April. "Victim Denies Assault Happened Because She Is Gay." WALA-TV [Mobile, AL]. 27 November 2012. Murphy, Candace. "Mallory Owens Opens Up About Beating, Aftermath." WALA-TV [Mobile, AL]. 3 December 2012. WPMI-TV [Mobile, AL]. "Family: Woman Viciously Beaten Because She Is Gay." 26 November 2012.