This crime is disgusting in every single way. A young woman was lured to a trailer, held captive, raped, beaten and tortured, forced to eat rat and human faeces, subjected to racist slurs….. yet, to this moment, no hate crime has been filed! AND where the hell are the media? Why is no one in the mainstream taking up her cause?
Megan Williams thought she was going to a party.
That’s why she tagged along with a woman she hardly knew, up a remote southern West Virginia hollow to a run-down trailer surrounded by beer cans and broken-down furniture.
“But there wasn’t no party,” Williams said. “I realized I’d made a bad mistake.”
For at least a week, authorities say, the 20-year-old black woman was kept captive in a shed, tortured, beaten, forced to eat rat, dog and human feces, and raped by six white men and women who taunted her with racial slurs.
“They just kept saying ‘This is what we do to niggers down here,’” Williams told The Associated Press in one of her most extensive interviews since the shocking case made national headlines last month.
Seated in a rocking chair in her mother’s living room, about 50 miles from that shed, the slight woman with cocoa-colored skin says she was hopelessly outnumbered by people who just wanted to hurt a black person.
West Virginia does not have a death penalty, but the six suspects could spend the rest of their lives in prison if convicted of rape and kidnapping charges.
Still, Williams and her family want more. They want the case prosecuted as a hate crime, something authorities have so far stopped short of doing.
A coalition of civil rights organizations and black leaders are now uniting behind the Williams family, organizing a hate-crime awareness march for Nov. 3 in Charleston in hopes of pressuring prosecutors to act.
“This case deserves national concern and national outrage,” said Malik Shabazz, co-founder of Black Lawyers for Justice.
Prosecutors have backed off state hate-crime charges, saying they only carry an additional 10-year maximum penalty and could complicate their case. For one, hate crimes typically involve strangers, and Williams knew one of the suspects. She filed a charge of domestic assault against him in July.
This is so incredibly sad! By posting we hope we can bring her case to a wider attention, please share this and try and get her voice out there!