Equality Virginia is deeply shocked and saddened by the hate-motivated attack on a UVa student and his friend that occurred this past weekend on the Charlottesville campus.
Allen W. Groves, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, issued the following statement:
“Early Saturday morning, April 4, at approximately 3 a.m. in the Stadium Road area, a U.Va. student and his guest were violently assaulted, without warning, by five males described by the victim as Caucasians between the ages of 16 and 20. The attackers uttered several homophobic slurs immediately prior to and during the attack. The attackers smashed the victim’s cell phone when he tried to call 911 for help. University Police units responded when the student’s guest was able to flee and call for help….” (truncated, for full statement see here).
A supportive gathering, Stand Against Hatred (hosted by Queer and Allied Activism), will be held in the UVa Amphitheater on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30pm . Dean Groves and a representative from the UVA Police Department will speak about the incident and how to prevent events like this from occurring again.
Information on hate crimes, the public art project, and the Day of Silence will be shared. The event will culminate with a moment of silence and vigil. For concerned students, Dean Groves will lead a more intimate community discussion in Wilson 402 at 8pm to discuss how to eradicate hatred, homophobia, and racism from our community.
Please wear black or other supportive clothing to show your solidarity against hate, and bring whistles to break the silence.