Charlottesville Incident Shows Need To End Hate Crimes

On Tuesday, a rally at the University of Virginia, called on administration to take action to prevent hate crimes from happening on campus.  A Nov. 15 attack prompted the rally - a student was reportedly hit in the face while walking on campus and police say his perceived sexual orientation motivated his attacker. Equality Virginia believes that no one should live in fear of who they are because the are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and stands in solidarity with the UVA community.  Violence must be taken seriously. "There is an intolerance of bigotry and hate here," Dr. Marcus Martin, vice president for diversity and equity at UVA, told NewsPlex. "We are a diverse population becoming more diverse and when one member of our community is hurt or assaulted we are all hurt and assaulted." An arrest has not been made for the assault and police are urging witnesses to contact investigator Christ Root at 434-924-7166 or the University Police Department at 434-924-7166 or at [email protected]. A report from NBC29 is below: NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather