B.C. college scholar injured in alleged homophobic assault at off-campus occasion


UPDATE, March 30, 2022: Nanaimo RCMP say they’ve arrested a 19-year-old man for the assault after he turned himself in to police late Tuesday.

A scholar at Vancouver Island College was injured Saturday night in what he says was an unprovoked homophobic assault at an off-campus occasion in Nanaimo, B.C.

Spencer Frey, 19, who brazenly identifies as homosexual, informed CBC Information that he and a good friend had attended a home occasion with different college students the place alcohol was being consumed, when a number of attendees he did not acknowledge verbally and sexually assaulted him all through the night. 

Frey stated the difficulty started when one younger man referred to as him “disgusting” and uttered a homophobic slur. 

Someday later, one other man approached and groped his rear-end, “which made me so uncomfortable,” stated Frey, including the particular person licked his lips suggestively at him earlier than strolling away. 

“I used to be in shock,” stated Frey. “I could not even say something. Normally, I am the kind of one that would go loopy.” 

The assaults escalated, Frey stated, when a 3rd younger man approached him, accusing him of staring after which punched Frey within the face when he denied the accusations.

Frey stated he was knocked to the bottom and he sustained extra blows to the face earlier than he and his good friend managed to go away the home — with out his footwear.

Because of the assaults, Frey stated he was left with a swollen face, black eye, accidents to his mouth and contusions on his neck the place, he says, somebody tried to strangle him together with his collar. 

Nanaimo RCMP investigating

Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien confirms police are investigating the incident however couldn’t give additional particulars.

Ella McNeill, Frey’s good friend on the occasion, stated she could not consider what she witnessed as she helped him depart the home whereas a handful of partygoers had been nonetheless making an attempt to assault him.

“I am nonetheless shaking as I discuss it,” stated McNeill.

She stated the pair returned to Vancouver Island College the place they reside and didn’t contact police till the morning, as a result of they had been so shocked and frightened. 

Frey says he suffered a black eye, swollen face, accidents to his mouth and contusions round his neck because of the assault. ((Submitted/Spencer Frey))

Frey’s mom, Erin Frey, informed CBC she’s “extraordinarily indignant” that her son was attacked, seemingly on the premise of his sexual orientation, and that she flew to Nanaimo from Vancouver early the following day, the place the three went to the hospital. 

“That is Canada,” she stated in frustration. “We’re speculated to be a rustic that is inclusive and accepting of all several types of […] sexual orientations.” 

She stated they spoke to police on the hospital who later informed them that not less than one suspect is well-known to them, although police wouldn’t affirm this element with CBC.

VIU providing assist

An announcement from VIU’s affiliate vice-president of scholar affairs, Irlanda Gonzalez Worth, says the varsity is taking the incident very significantly and is working with the RCMP to analyze the “hate crime.”

“As of Sunday morning, VIU has been in touch with the scholar and household and are providing ongoing assist,” the assertion reads, including that it is working with campus companions to “improve coaching and consciousness actions that assist construct allyship.”

McNeill stated Frey has acquired an amazing quantity of assist on-line and from pals after footage of his accidents had been posted publicly on Instagram. 

Frey stated he is been the sufferer of different verbal assaults each on and off campus since he moved to Nanaimo final September. 

He stated he is now packed most of his possessions from his dorm room and doesn’t plan to attend VIU subsequent 12 months.


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