The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has issued a statement on yesterday’s news that yet another gay man has been murdered by someone he met online.
This is the sixth hook-up related homicide that NCAVP has recorded nationally since last year at this time, and the third in Pennsylvania. Hook-up related violence is violence that occurs within the context of a “hook-up” for casual sex. Hook-up related violence can occur through hook-up websites, apps, cruising, sex parties, bars, and clubs, and can be connected to overlapping forms of violence, including hate violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence.
“Stigma often prevents us from talking about hook-up related violence, that’s why at NCAVP we are working hard to raise awareness about this critical issue in our communities,” said Osman Ahmed, NCAVP Research and Education Coordinator at the New York City Anti-Violence Project. “Far too often we see LGBTQ people targeted for robbery and violence via online dating and hook-up platforms. It is imperative that more resources and programs are made available that seek to prevent such violence and promote safety online.”
NCAVP is reaching out to local organizations in Philadelphia and around Pennsylvania to raise awareness of this homicide and to support the local communities affected by this violence. NCAVP is a resource for anyone who experiences violence. For more information, or to locate an anti-violence program in your area, please contact us at [email protected] or visit us online. Join NCAVP in our efforts to prevent and respond to LGBTQ and HIV-affected violence.