I first became aware of the Mallory Owens case on the Justice for Mallory Facebook page. The page contained graphic photographs of the victim after she had been beaten while attending Thanksgiving dinner at her girlfriend’s home in Mobile, AL. She suffered multiple skull fractures and crushed bones. Her attacker? Her girlfriend’s brother, 18-year-old Travis Hawkins Jr.
Hawkins was arrested on second degree assault charges. Initially, it was reported that Travis beat Mallory Owens because she is gay but Mallory is now stating to the media that it was not a hate crime. Alabama does not consider sexual orientation a hate crime – perhaps they should. Everyone else does.
Mallory was released from the hospital yesterday and has returned to the Hawkins’ home. Regardless of whether the attack was spurned because of her sexual orientation or not, one has to ask what kind of man beats a woman to the extent that Travis Hawkins beat Mallory? It is alleged that his family stood by and did nothing as he beat her. What type of person stands by as another human is violated and does nothing? Wait…don’t answer that. It happens far too often in our society.
Petition for Travis Hawkins to be tried for attempted murder here: http://www.change.org/petitions/mobile-county-alabama-prosecutor-bring-travis-hawkins-jr-to-justice?utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=6826624