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Apr 22, 2014

Was Vanessa Champagne Paris also assaulted in Placencia?

Caleb Orozco

While Vanessa was not killed or seriously injured, Orozco says that the increased attention drawn to the LGBT community has to some extent resulted in them being targeted. He, however, refuses to be pushed back into the invisible closet.


Caleb Orozco, Executive Director, UNIBAM

“One of the things I’ve learnt is that our community has always experienced attacks, violence, discrimination and have always accepted in part as a status quo, as part of their life and so have chosen not to deal with those issues publicly because it brings more stigma. In one particular family, the person shared with me that these attacks aren’t new. How they happen is that they happen in cycles. The person specifically spoke of her brothers coming out in the eighties and experiencing these similar attacks. There were attacks in Yarborough years ago and that person was forced to change and force to assimilate into the larger society. The big thing here is why bring up these issues if you don’t have a problem? Well the problems were there long before and the way I see it, the tone is really about being in denial. And this is not a surprise because for domestic violence, for child abuse, many people were in denial that these things occur in the home. And so we have a similar uphill battle to address the issues. The other side of this is the mechanisms which needed to support these concerns. The other side of it is improving our community’s confidence to one, ensure that whatever discrimination or violence that they experience is documented; two, that they make formal reports; and three, that they recognize that you only perpetuate your own mistreatment by remaining silent. And so for me, the perpetuation of violence or discrimination or attack really is an intimidation tactic by those who are bigoted and prejudice to try and force the community back into its invisible closet, if you will, force the community back into its invisible presence where our rule of don’t ask, don’t tell would apply.”


News Five was unable to speak to Vanessa Champagne Paris today to get her account on what transpired in Placencia.

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3 Responses for “Was Vanessa Champagne Paris also assaulted in Placencia?”

  1. Over It says:

    Stop giving us updates and making “not a thing” turn into “a thing”

  2. Buju says:

    WHO CARES????

  3. Lord LOL says:

    Belizean Media why are you giving those to two unnecessary media coverage?

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