The two victims in Philadelphia’s Sept. 11th gay bashing have spoken out for the first time since they were released from the hospital last month.
In a statement read at a “Love Over Hate” rally at the Bucks County Courthouse Wednesday, the victims, who still choose to remain unidentified, said “a simple, I’m sorry, would’ve went a long way with us…”:
“Everyone keeps saying that they are sorry this happened to us. But the truth is, we’re sorry. We feel sorry for our attackers — people who believed it was OK, cool, maybe even funny, to use two innocent individuals as their punching bags and not even have the decency to apologize. Words are powerful. A simple, I’m sorry, would’ve went a long way with us …
You butchered my boyfriend’s beautiful face. You violated our rights. You jeopardized our health and safety in a city that we love and during a time where so much progress around human rights has been made. … We are also determined to do everything in our power to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else again.”
Three suspects arrested in connection with the assault, 24-year-old Kathryn Knott, 24-year-old Philip Williams, and 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan, remain free on bail until their December court date, when a judge will decide if there is enough evidence for a jury trial.
All three, including Knott, the privileged daughter of a local police chief, have been positively identified as main instigators of the attack by the victims and witnesses. Their fate remains to be seen.
For more information on the assault, check out our previous coverage.