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Utah Man May Face Hate Crimes Charges for Alleged 'Fix the Gay' Rape

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday March 27, 2020

A Utah man who told a lesbian friend of his wife that he was going to "fix the gay" before allegedly raping her might face a hate crime rap among the other charges filed against him, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

The Salt Lake Times did not identify either the victim or the alleged perpetrator, but Deseret News reports that 34-year-old Adam Quinn Atwood was arrested and charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault.

Police reports say that Atwood asked the victim "if she was sure she was gay" and also asked whether "she was sure she didn't like it," media reports said.

Atwood reportedly choked the victim and threw her down the stairs in the course of the assault.

When the victim reminded the assailant that he was a married and a father, and also made it clear she was a lesbian and did want his sexual attention, Atwood allegedly responded that he was "going to fix the gay," the police report said.

The woman finally managed to break free and flee to her car. Once inside she locked the doors. Atwood, meantime, chased after her. Unable to get at her, he screamed a threat, according to police documentation: "You better not tell anyone".

Atwood stated to the police that he "did not rape anyone," media sources said.

Police documentation noted that "The victim submitted to a sexual assault examination which documented several injuries that are consistent with the victim statements."

The purported statement that the alleged assailant intended to "fix the gay" is not an unknown assertion. Multiple instances of lesbians subjected to sexual assault in South Africa have been identified as instances of so-called "corrective rape," which is sexual assault that perpetrating males claim to believe will somehow convert lesbians into heterosexual women.

The Salt Lake Tribune quoted a police spokesperson as saying that although "We feel for the victim and want to do what is right for her," the decision of whether hate crime charges will be added to the lengthy list of charges Atwood faces will be up the prosecutors in the case.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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