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Group calls Charleston assault 'hate crime'

An organization seeking equality for the local LGBTQ community is calling a recent attack outside a Charleston nightclub a hate crime.

According to Charleston police, a transgender woman was assaulted on August 19 while leaving the Deco nightclub on Ann Street.   

According to the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA), the woman was taken to the hospital after being knocked unconscious. The group also says the victim's sister and a friend were assaulted.

"Security video has now been obtained by CPD that shows the vicious attack and the assailant," said AFFA president Colleen Condon.

Police say the attacker confronted the victim about her gender identity prior to the assault.

"AFFA has been in communication with the CPD and understands that the investigation will be intensified to identify and charge the assailant," said Chase Glenn, AFFA executive director.  "Our top two concerns are for the survivor of this attack and advocating for her, and advocating for the transgender community as a whole."

Glenn and Condon met with police Tuesday to share community concerns.  AFFA is trying to organize a town hall with police.  The event has tentatively been scheduled for September 4. 

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