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Assaults Subject of Two ASU Events Today PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 02 March 2012 06:08

While Boone Police made a second arrest in the February 11th assault of two women in Boone, a local organization was making plans for an event to deal with the root cause of the incident.  The Appalachian State Women’s Center will host an event this evening to called “Stop the Hate, Spread the Love,”

to deal with what they’re calling sexual orientation hate crimes.  The event is at 6:30 in the Grandfather Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union, and will include the two women assaulted last month as speakers.  The incident that started on the lot of the Cook Out restaurant on Blowing Rock Road and ended on the parking lot of an apartment complex with the two women severely beaten. Organizers of the event say North Carolina law does not include sexual orientation as a part of its hate crime law, and that will apparently be addressed in tonight’s event. Ketoine Mitchell,19, of Lenoir, is charged with the assault, while Brooklyn Lacrossa Canter, age 18 of Zionville, turned herself in to Boone Police this week and was charged with one misdemeanor count of aiding and abetting.  Canter’s charge is based on the allegation that she yelled obscenities at the women and drove the car that followed the women to the site of the attack.  She then is said to have transported the suspect away from the scene.

 

Meanwhile, students and others will take part in a silent protest today at ASU to urge administrators to improve procedures for addressing allegations of sexual crimes and interpersonal violence after several student sex assault reports did not yield prosecution. The protest will take place before the general faculty meeting at I.G. Greer Hall, according to the group’s FaceBook page. Respondents on the page—numbering more than 300—have indicated that they plan to attend. The issues stem from at least two sex assault investigations involving ASU students that have not ended with prosecution—crimes that allegedly involved ASU student-athletes.

  
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