Gay-bashing 'epidemic' in Qld


By Bill Mason
BRISBANE — An "epidemic of gay-bashing" has hit Queensland, but many homosexuals are afraid to report assaults, a crime conference was told on September 28. Nick Ward, spokesperson for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Anti-Violence Council, said there were up to 40 attacks a month, with youth gangs the most prominent gay-bashers.
Ward said many assaults were never reported and, in some cases, hospital treatment had been refused when a victim's sexuality became evident.
He said the state-wide study showed a higher rate of homophobic violence than others carried out in Australia and around the world. "It showed that what we thought was a small percentage is in fact much larger."
A survey of 157 gays and lesbians found one in three had been the victim of a violent attack but only 14% had reported it.

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