sophie goth

Today I’m #gothupforsophie , a girl who was beaten to death for being goth. It’s the 9th anniversary and therefore there is a campaign by the S.O.P.H.I.E foundation. I call out my followers and friends to goth up for Sophie and text SOPH05 (followed by the amount you wish to donate e.g £3 or £5) to 70070 to the Sophie Lancaster foundation against hate crime and prejudice or why not buy a SOPHIE wristband like I did ;)

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Murder of Sophie Lancaster

In 2007, 19-year-old Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were brutally attacked in what was believed to be a hate-crime. The couple were known to be part of the Goth subculture, often known as “moshers” in the local Lancashire area. A gang of five boys were convicted of the attack, and two were convicted of murder after Sophie failed to wake up from her 13-day-long coma.

Just after 1 AM, the group approached Lancaster and Maltby and started to beat them. After being knocked unconscious, the gang took it in turns to repeatedly stomp and jump on Sophie’s head. The killers bragged to their friends that they had “done summat (something) good” and in several text messages spoke of “two moshers nearly dead up Bacup park  you wanna see them they’re a right mess." The injured couple were assisted by some of the teenagers who called emergency services. When they were taken to hospital, their heads were so swollen from the injuries that police could not establish who was male and who was female.

Sophie was a promising student and had a place in university to study English Language. Her family and surviving boyfriend have set up a fund to help all victims of prejudice, hatred and intolerance.