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Woman assaulted at York pub

Attack believed to be motivated by homophobia


 

A woman was reportedly assaulted by three men at a York University pub early Friday morning. Student Valerie Bustros says that when she went to use the women’s washroom at Winters Absinthe pub, she was confronted by a man who said she was using the wrong washroom. She explained that she was a woman and a lesbian, but when she left the washroom the man confronted her again and questioned her gender. The altercation escalated to the point where the man, aided by two others, began to punch and kick Bustros. By the time York security arrived, the three men had left. Bustros believes the attack was motivated by homophobia. “The University has been ignoring violence against women and against the queer community for too long,” she said in a statement. York University president, Mamdouh Shoukri, issued his own statement condemning the attack. “I can assure you that we will not tolerate any actions or forms of speech that advocate violence or hatred,” he said.


 
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