Target: Ashley Rich, Mobile County District Attorney
Goal: To charge a man who severely assaulted his sister’s girlfriend with attempted murder
On Thanksgiving, Mallory Owens was invited to her girlfriend Alex Hawkin’s home for a family dinner in Mobile, Alabama. Disapproving of their lesbian relationship, Alex’s brother Travis Hawkins, Jr. savagely assaulted Owens. She was hospitalized for multiple severe injuries that required extensive reconstructive surgeries. Travis was charged with second-degree assault and later released. Please seek justice for this blatant hate crime against Mallory Owens. Demand that Travis Hawkins, Jr. is charged with attempted murder.
This is not the first instance Travis has shown extreme violence and anger. Earlier this year, he hit Mallory over the head with a pipe wrench; however, no charges were filed. Though Owens’ family has always disapproved of Mallory and Alex’s lesbian relationship, Mallory stated that Hawkins’ family was starting to open up to their sexual orientation. Unfortunately, Owens was wrong. Her list of injuries is extensive, from a broken nose to swollen-shut eyes. The disturbing photographs have been widely circulated around the Internet and show the graphic nature of the attack that took place.
Even worse, Mallory’s sister said that Travis called her the following day to tell her that he would finish what he started. This attack was not just an attack; it was a hate crime. Unfortunately, Alabama does not list sexual orientation as an identity protected under hate crime law. It is not on the list of bias offenses. It is more than unfortunate that in these modern times that ignorance and hate crimes can easily be bypassed because of archaic laws. Demand justice for Mallory Owens and have Travis charged for attempted murder. All Mallory wanted to do was love her girlfriend. As for Travis, what he did was purely out of hate.
Dear Ashley Rich,
As you are well aware, Mallory Owens was brutally attacked by her girlfriend’s brother simply because of her lesbian relationship with Alex Hawkins. The disturbing photos that have been widely circulated around the Internet truly show the graphic nature of what took place this past Thanksgiving. The most unsettling thing is that this assault was not an isolated one. In early 2012, Mallory was again attacked by Travis Hawkins, Jr. That time, she was hit on the head with a pipe wrench.
Travis has only been charged with second-degree assault – a far cry from justice for what truly happened that night and earlier this year. His attack was hate-filled and there is no telling what he will do next. He called Mallory the next day to tell her that he will finish off what he started the night before. Now he is out on bail and Mallory is disfigured in the hospital. She will have to endure countless reconstructive surgeries simply because she loved her girlfriend.
Though Alabama has yet to follow in the footsteps of other states that embrace human rights and equality for all races, genders, and sexual orientations, Travis should be charged with more than just second-degree assault. This was undeniably a hate crime. This was undeniably attempted murder. Please demand justice for Mallory Owens and charge Travis Hawkins, Jr. with attempted murder.
[Your Name Here]
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