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Police say that two women sexually assaulted a transgender woman in a bar in Raleigh, North Carolina roughly a month ago.
Authorities charged Jessica Fowler, 31, and Amber Harrell, 38, with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery, and have since been released from police custody. Harrell reportedly turned herself in over the weekend and Fowler did the same Tuesday. It is not yet clear whether Fowler and Harrell have lawyers.
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The assault took place at The Milk Bar on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh on Dec. 9, according to Raleigh Police Department.
A friend of the transgender victim called 9-1-1 at 2:30 p.m. the day after the event to report the incident, telling police that his friend encountered two women in the bathroom of The Milk Bar. They allegedly proceeded to grab the victim’s genitals and asked if they “have a dick or a ****,” followed by one of the women flashing the victim and pulling up their shirt .
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She asked, according to the 9-1-1 call obtained by The Daily Caller, if the transgender women wanted to see her breast. One of the women is accused of grabbing at the victim’s buttocks as well.
According to Donna-maria Harris, a representative at the Raleigh Police Department, the victim “had to escape from the bathroom” where she was being accosted and physically trapped, constituting a second-degree kidnapping. After the victim exited the restroom, at least one of the assailants continued to grope the victim until a bartender took notice and demanded that they stop.
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In the 9-1-1 call to Raleigh Police, the victim’s friend said that the groping “felt uncomfortable because there was a rape last year, and this caused a panic attack in the bathroom.”
North Carolina passed a bill in 2016, mandating that transgender people use the restroom that aligns with their biological sex, rather than their preferred...
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