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One rape. A hate crime. Thunder Bay’s simmering divides come to light | Toronto Star


One rape. A hate crime. Thunder Bay’s simmering divides come to light | Toronto Star: On Dec. 27, 2012, the 36-year-old mother was walking to the corner store when a car pulled up and the men inside threw garbage at her while they called her a “squaw” and a “dirty Indian.”

Two men then dragged her by the hair into the back seat. They took her outside the city limits and raped her, tried to strangle her and then left her for dead.

As she was being assaulted, she was told they were doing it because she was a First Nations woman.

“We know you Indian girls like this,” she was told.

The men also warned her to keep her mouth shut: they had done it before and they would do it again.

The mother of six then did everything she was supposed to. She went to the police with her own mother and gave a statement. And then she could not go any further. She left the police station and, after seeing one of her attackers with his wife and children in a mall, she left town.

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