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Philadelphia: Victims Issue Statement On Gay-bashing Incident in Center City

Alleged gay-bashers Philip Williams (L), Kathryn Knott, and Kevin Harrigan

The gay couple who were the victims of a violent gay-bashing incident on September 11th in Center City have given a statement to the public about the attack

Here is the statement which was read to supporters at a rally earlier this week (via Gay Star News):

“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,’ they stated.

“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.

“It stops here. It stops today. It stops now.”

Three suspects have been charged in the attack that resulted in both victims being hospitalized; one victim suffered a broken orbital bone and a shattered jaw.

The suspects – Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Philip Williams – are due in court December 16th for a preliminary hearing. After extensive interviews with witnesses, the victims and other “persons of interest,” the three have been charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person.