Hate group member shoots trans woman in the face in Indiana
Crystal Raquel Cash survived a violent assault that left her with a broken jaw, but local news can't help but turn its attention to irrelevent discussions of sex work.
Earlier this month, a man shot Crystal Cash, a transgender woman, in the face at her workplace in Evansville, Indiana.
Cash survived the attack, but was left with a broken jaw. Her attacker, Gerald Duane Lewis, was arrested and is believed to be affiliated with an SPLC-designated hate group, but the leader of the group denied his involvement.
You’ll also remember that Indiana is governed by potential-vice-president Mike Pence, who is fiercely against hate crimes legislation and also generally hates LGBTQ people.
The coverage by the Courier & Press also engaged in entirely unnecessary victim-blaming by mentioning the possibility that Cash was running a massage parlor and implying that she was a sex worker, writing, “It appears that Cash uses Backpage.com and other adult websites to advertise her services under her middle name. In those ads, she portrays herself as much younger, and her most recent postings on the adult classified page broadcast that she provides body rubs in a ‘relaxing mood atmosphere.’”
None of that information, even if true, is pertinent to the fact that Cash is a trans woman who was the victim of a violent assault. It only serves to further the false assumption that most trans women are sex workers, and that sex workers are somehow deserving of or culpable in violence. Cash’s status as a sex worker is completely irrelevant to the story as reported, and including that information (which is nearly one-third of the story’s length) is incredibly disrespectful to the victim of a possible hate crime.
Absolutely terrible. Sending her positive thoughts for a quick recovery, and for an end to transphobic violence once and for all.