Author Gavin McCrea was seriously assaulted in a homophobic attack in Dublin.
A group of six teenagers, aged between 12 and 14 years, attacked him, “breaking his nose and cheekbone,” according to the ‘Irish Times’.
While the author was walking and talk talking on the phone, a group of young boys began abusing him with homophobic insults, throwing stones at him and jostling him. After he managed to get away from them, the young boys then returned and attacked him from behind, punching him and kicking him.
After the attack, McCrea said that “I am a private person and going public in this way makes me uncomfortable,” the author said, “but I felt it was the right thing to do. I think it’s important. I was bullied severely from the ages of 10 to 20, after which I left Ireland vowing never to return, and now I have and I am made revisit those old experiences. It has been quite intense. I say ‘revisit’ because the kids who beat me up were 12 to 14 years old, the same age as the kids in my youth. It gave me a bizarre feeling of deja vu.”
He added that he has had a lot of support stating: “Since the attack, I have been overwhelmed by the love and support I have received. I feel fortunate and proud to have around me such a community of big hearts and brilliant minds.”
At the current moment no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing but the Irish police. Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in connection with this assault to contact Rathmines Garda Station on 01 6666700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.
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