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Mother of Gay Chicago Teen Says Her Daughter’s Assault Was a Hate Crime

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Screenshot of Catina Parks-Dorsey consoling her daughter Amari Graves from the NBC Chicago report

The mother of a 15-year-old girl says that her daughter was the victim of a hate crime in Chicago’s West Side and wants to know why her attackers aren’t in jail, NBC Chicago reports.

Amari Graves said she was walking to the store on Tuesday when she assaulted.

“They all got out and walked up to me,” she told NBC Chicago.

Graves said that a girl she knows from her school and some adults stomped and kicked her, ripped off some clothes and sprayed her in the face with mace, all while yelling homophobic slurs at her.

“When I was walking, she tried to pull a bat out and swing it at me,” she said. “They [were] calling me a d*ke and a stud and stuff.”

Catina Parks-Dorsey, Graves’ mom, said that she doesn’t know why law enforcement hasn’t arrested anyone over her daughter being attacked for being a lesbian.

“Absolutely nothing was done,” she said. “No one was taken into custody, they told me I had to swear out my own warrant to have them arrested.” [It’s] devastating to know you weren’t there to protect your child. I want them locked up.”

Law enforcement officials are currently working their way through the specifics of the case and will present what they find to the state’s attorney’s office, per NBC Chicago.

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