Attorney for W.V. Rape-Torture Victim Calls for National March

Attorney for W.V. Rape-Torture Victim Calls for National March

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Oct. 17, 2007 – The attorney representing a 20-year-old West Virginia woman who says she was kidnapped, raped and tortured by six Whites, has called for a national march to call attention to rise in hate crimes against Blacks.

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"The Megan Williams case is beyond a doubt, one of the worst hate crimes in U.S. History,” her attorney, Malik Shabazz, said recently at a preliminary hearing for the six suspects, four of whom were a mother and son and a mother and daughter.

“The Megan Williams case is even worse than the case of the Jena 6...." Shabazz is calling for the march to take place in Charleston, W.V., on Nov. 3. Williams says she was lured to the house in Logan County in early September, where she was scalded, beaten, stabbed, repeatedly raped and sodomized with a stick, forced to eat rat and dog feces and drink urine. Throughout the ordeal, she said her tormentors tied a noose around her neck and yelled racial slurs at her.

Megan’s mother, Carmen Williams, told The Charleston Gazette that her daughter "wakes up in the middle of the night screaming, 'Mommy.' What's really, really bad is, we don't know everything they did to her. She is crying all the time. No doubt, had she not been rescued they were going to kill her and throw her in a nearby lake."

Shabazz said that the “number of outright hate crimes and injustice cases against Blacks [are] rising so rapidly it's hard for our office to keep track. We are calling for every concerned person in our community to respond to this national crisis with vigor and due diligence. The Nov. 3 march in Charleston is a big step in the direction of organizing to challenge the tide of attacks occurring against Blacks."

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