In 2017, at least 11 trans women have already been murdered. Christi Long, a Texan who performs as a drag queen under the name Christi Foxx Paris, was close to being included in that statistic after being raped and attacked by a hammer-wielding assailant.
According to KXAN, Long recalls being attacked by a person she thought was a friend after turning down his sexual advances. He came at her with a hammer and struck her several times. She was knocked unconscious and attempted to escape upon awakening. She even slashed the tires of her attacker's car, in the hopes of preventing him from leaving in his vehicle. Long then hid until the attacker fled the scene.
“All he’s done is empowered me,” said Long. “He’s going to make me stop him from doing this to someone else… and that’s the important thing.”
Long hopes that her story helps other survivors come forward: “No matter what you identify as, you need to come forward if somebody sexually assaults you. You need to contact law enforcement,” she said. “Whenever you say ‘no,’ no means no and it should always mean no.”
Long continued the discussion on her Facebook page:
A report has been filed with Austin police, but it is unclear if a suspect has been aprehended or charged.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for Long's medical and legal expenses.