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Dallas Victims, Community Coalesce After Attacks

Dallas Victims, Community Coalesce After Attacks


One survivor launches a support group, while area businesses add lights, cameras.

Dallas's gayborhood of Oak Lawn is defending itself after 11 men were attacked and robbed over the course of two months in what many believe were crimes targeting gays.

Michael Dominguez was slashed while walking home from a bar on Cedar Springs Road October 2. He's since cofounded Survivors Offering Support to offer emotional and financial assistance to other victims of Oak Lawn's crime spree.

"Just knowing that people know there is a safe place for them to come and talk about whatever it is they need to talk about stemming from their attack, that's what I'm hoping," Dominguez told TV station KDFW in Dallas.

The group is meeting at the Resource Center, an LGBT community center in the city.

While the community has already pleaded with the police department for help -- which added more patrols to the area and offered a reward for information on the attackers -- local businesses are stepping up to the plate. A grocery store on Cedar Springs recently fixed broken lights in its parking lot, while bar owners are preparing to add more lights and cameras to keep their patrons safe. The bar owners will meet with police next week.

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