Why this story matters:
Police in the Netherlands have started arresting possible perpetrators for two separate accounts of LGBTQ+ hate crime. While the victims were waiting to meet Grindr dates, they were attacked by a group of young men hiding in the bushes. The first victim was hospitalized while the second managed to escape.
Despite the increasing number of reported anti-gay hate crimes, many victims still choose not to file official complaints to the police -- a problem that was recently brought to the attention of the general public in France, with the hashtag PayeTaPlainte.
Only 10% of victims attacked for their sexual orientation go to the police to file complaints.
Last year, an incident in which two gay men holding hands in Arnhem were similarly attacked sparked outrage throughout the Netherlands. In response to these attacks, social media was flooded with the "allemannenhandinhand" hashtag, meaning "all men hand in hand".
Politicians responded to the attacks by publicly holding hands. However, the debate that ensued failed to yield any valuable solutions. Instead, it quickly soured when it started to focus on the nationality of the perpetrators, both of Moroccan origin.
Let's hope that this time around, the Netherlands manages to focus on the issue at hand, not the nationality of the attackers.
Details from the story:
- Earlier this month, two gay men in Dordrecht were attacked after planning to meet up using Grindr.
- One of the men (28) was attacked by 16 teenagers who had hidden in bushes; he was later hospitalized.
- The very next day, another similar incident occurred but the victim managed to get away.
- Police have arrested two teenagers (14 and 16) for the attack.
- They have now arrested four more men, ranging between 18 and 21 years old.
- Last year a gay couple in Arnhem were attacked for walking around, hand in hand. The nation was outraged and the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand started to spread.