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While Congress is even now arguing about reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act because of protections added for gays, lesbians, and immigrant women, a Nebraska woman endured horrific torture and attempted murder in her own home. The word “dyke” was carved into her flesh, among other words which have not yet been released. It is unknown how long her attackers confined and tortured her before setting fire to her home. Neighbors describe her as incredibly kind-the type of person who would mow other people’s lawns just to help out.
After the attack, the woman made her way to the home of a neighbor, Linda Rappl, who said she feared bad news about her husband, who is in hospice, when she heard someone knocking on her door before dawn Sunday.
What she saw instead was her 33-year-old neighbor, she said, naked and bleeding.
“I was in shock,” Rappl said. “She was naked, her hands were tied with zip ties. All I could see was a cut across her forehead and blood running down.”
The woman was sobbing. Rappl, 68, brought her neighbor inside and wrapped her in a blanket before calling 911.
“She had cuts on her arms and legs but I didn’t want to humiliate her and stare,” she said.
It looked like she had endured torture, Rappl said.
The continued rhetoric against gays and the politicization of sexual orientation stokes the fire of hate. When church leaders and political figures continually rail against homosexuality as a scourge to society, it is no wonder that some people resort to violence. This time-tested manner of dividing Americans against each other is all too effective. By dehumanizing black people and propagating the myth of racial superiority over another race, slavery, lynchings and denial of civil rights was made acceptable. During World War II, the same treatment of Japanese Americans led to their incarceration in concentration camps, despite no evidence of treasonous behavior. Church doctrine placing women in a submissive role has led to all manner of misogynistic treatment of females.
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