Amsterdam police said Tuesday that the investigation into the brutal assault of a 14-year-old Dutch girl was a possible attack linked to the LGBTQ community.
A young Dutch girl is attacked by another minor. Authorities link the case to LGBTQ discrimination.
Dutch girl assault linked to LGBTQ discrimination
The attack on Monday, July 26, gained national prominence after Paul Brink posted a photo on LinkedIn of his daughter Frederique, with a broken nose, visible marks on her face and a tear rolling down her left cheek.
In the post, Brink said the attack occurred in Amstelveen, outside Amsterdam, after a boy shouted at his daughter: ‘Are you a boy or a girl ?”. His daughter responded by saying, “It doesn’t matter.”
To the same question, Frédérique replied, “I am who I am and you can be whoever you want.”
The boy then attacked Frederique, leaving her with injuries, including a broken nose and jaw. Brink said.
He also said after his previous post:
“We, as the Brink family, have been positively surprised, in a good way, by all the warm and loving responses from home and abroad. ”
The hashtag Frederique is trending on Twitter and thousands of people have expressed their support. to Brink’s social media post.
Organizations against LGBTQ abuse
COC, a Dutch LGBTQ rights organization , condemned the attack, which it said was the latest in a long series of such violence.
“This umpteenth incident underlines our call to the government to do more against anti-LGBTI violence,” the organization said on its Facebook page.
The COC demanded that discrimination-related violence be punished more severely and that schools spend more time teaching “acceptance of all, regardless of sexual orientation , gender identity, gender expression and sexual characteristics.”