Gothamist reports today that the NYPD are seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects in an alleged anti-Asian hate crime that occurred last month on the New York City subway.
According to police, a 29 year old Asian American woman was riding the 1 subway with her parents when she reported that two women boarded the car she was in at the 86th street station. The women, who were reportedly wearing multicoloured leis, approached the victim and began beating her while shouting anti-Asian slurs.
KTLA reports that 83-year-old Tuyen Nguyen was out for his morning walk to purchase coffee and a newspaper when he became the victim of the unprovoked assault. Surveillance video shows a man — described as in his late 40’s or early 50’s — punching Nguyen without warning, and then kicking him several times, before picking up some items from the ground and fleeing the scene. Nguyen is in hospital in critical but stable condition with a brain hemorrhage and a broken eye socket.
Today is April Fools’ Day, but it’s also a day for contemplation of a far more serious topic. Today is April 1st, the first day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
And while this month will through a great deal of online writing hopefully shine a much-needed spotlight on issues of sexual assault in America, these conversations often overlook the pervasiveness of this sort of violence in racial and ethnic communities, and the unique challenges faced in reporting and addressing these issues in our communities.