Four teenagers have been charged over homophobic attack on a London bus against two women on May 30.
Metropolitan Police announced on Thursday, July 25, that four teenage boys between the ages of 15 and 17 have been charged with aggravated hate crime in relation to the homophobic attack.
Melania Geymonat, 28, a Ryanair flight attendant from Uruguay was out with her girlfriend in North West London on May 30. She said a gang of four teenagers attacked them during the early hours while riding a double-decker bus. In the horrifying picture, the two were stained with blood as a result of the beating by the gang.
After bothering them with anti-gay slurs, the gang demanded the women kiss each other in front of them. When they resisted, all four teenagers attacked and robbed them.
Writing on Facebook, alongside a picture of them covered in blood, Geymonat described how the men targeted them:
“They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions.
“I don’t remember the whole episode, but the word ‘scissors’ stuck in my mind. It was only them and us there. In an attempt to calm things down, I started making jokes. I thought this might make them go away.
“Chris even pretended she was sick, but they kept on harassing us, throwing coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it. The next thing I know is Chris is in the middle of the bus fighting with them.
“On an impulse, I went over there only to find her face bleeding and three of them beating her up. The next thing I know is I’m being punched. I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back. I don’t remember whether or not I lost consciousness. Suddenly the bus had stopped, the police were there and I was bleeding all over. Our stuff was stolen as well.”
Geymonat was forced out of work due to the injuries she endured during the attack.
“What upsets me the most is that VIOLENCE HAS BECOME A COMMON THING, that sometimes it’s necessary to see a woman bleeding after having been punched to feel some kind of impact,” she added.
“I’m tired of being taken as a SEXUAL OBJECT, of finding out that these situations are usual, of gay friends who were beaten up JUST BECAUSE. We have to endure verbal harassment AND CHAUVINIST, MISOGYNISTIC AND HOMOPHOBIC VIOLENCE because when you stand up for yourself shit like this happens.
“By the way, I am thankful to all the women and men in my life that understand that HAVING BALLS MEANS SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. I just hope that in June, Pride Month, stuff like this can be spoken out loudly so they STOP HAPPENING!”
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