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Georgetown Responds to Antigay Attacks


A report of a second antigay attack against a Georgetown University student prompted another vigil on campus Monday evening as university officials addressed the second such incident to occur off-campus in the past week.

The second off-campus attack occurred early Sunday, when a man with his face painted red and white harassed a male student verbally and assaulted him before fleeing. Last Tuesday night a female student walking near campus was assaulted by two men in their late 20s, who shouted antigay slurs and pushed her to the ground before striking her with her book bag. Students rallied in support of the victim on Friday.

At present, neither victim has filed a report with the D.C. police, which is a prerequisite to a police investigation, according to The Washington Post.

"Both cases were referred to D.C. police because the incidents occurred off campus," the Post reported. "Neither victim has filed a report with police, but officers are working with gay groups on campus in hopes of encouraging them to do so, police spokeswoman Traci Hughes said. Without a report, she said, police cannot investigate."

University officials sent a letter to campus members Monday evening in which they revealed that a slur was found written on the door of the new LGBTQ resource center on Monday.

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