Trans women bashed and robbed in Melbourne as Police investigate if it’s a ‘hate crime’

Two trans women left with horror injuries after ‘humiliating and traumatic’ attack – as cops investigate whether the sickening assault was a ‘hate crime’

  • Two trans women were assaulted and robbed at a party
  • Quinn Tough and Chyna were attacked in Port Melbourne
  • Police investigating the case are seeing if it’s a hate crime

Two transgender women have been brutally bashed and robbed at a charity street rave – with police investigating whether the vicious attack was a hate crime. 

Quinn Tough, 22, and her friend Chyna were attending a fundraiser for the Turkey-Syria earthquake victims at Westgate Park in Port Melbourne, Victoria, early Sunday morning.

The pair were approached by three men who asked for cigarettes about 3am on Wharf Road.

Ms Tough told the men she didn’t have any cigarettes to spare in a post to her Instagram account.

It’s understood the thugs then started hurling anti-trans slurs at Ms Tough and Chyna after realising the pair were transgender women.  

Transgender women Quinn Tough (pictured), 22, and Chyna were assaulted and robbed at a dance party in Port Melbourne on Sunday

Transgender women Quinn Tough (pictured), 22, and Chyna were assaulted and robbed at a dance party in Port Melbourne on Sunday

One man punched Ms Tough, which caused her to fall to the ground.

Another then started kicking Chyna before he pulled a knife on both women and threatened to ‘f****** end’ them. 

‘I was punched again then another guy gets in my face telling me to back (the) f*** up telling me that he’s got a knife and that he’s gonna f*****g end me,’ Ms Tough said in her Instagram post.

‘She (Chyna) was on the floor with the guys ganging up on her, her hair ripped out clothes ripped whilst they’re screaming death threats.

‘My mind is in shambles, almost thinking we deserve this because the fight we have to keep fighting is brutal and ruthless… change starts now.’ 

The men stole one of the women’s bags that contained her ID, wallet and cash, while still making threats and hurling insults, and then fled the scene. 

As a result of the malicious beating, both women suffered bruises and cuts to their faces, had their clothes torn and their hair ripped out. 

Chyna, who sustained a bruised eye, described the assault as ‘humiliating and traumatic’ in a post.

‘It’s something I have to live with,’ she said. 

‘My first encounter with hate crime and violence targeted towards trans people, dwelling on what happened is only going to be more destructive.’ 

The two friends have received an outpour of support online following the sickening assault.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up to support the pair, which has already raised more than $24,000. It can be found here

Three men approached the pair and hurled transphobic slurs at them before they started punching and kicking them

Three men approached the pair and hurled transphobic slurs at them before they started punching and kicking them

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Ms Tough and Chyna suffered bruises and cuts to their faces, had their clothes torn and their hair ripped out. One of the women also had their bag stolen

The two friends have received an outpour of support online following the sickening assault. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to support them

The two friends have received an outpour of support online following the sickening assault. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to support them 

A Victoria Police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that Melbourne Embona detectives, who investigate armed robberies, were handling the case.

‘Detectives are investigating after two women were assaulted and robbed at an outdoor dance party in Port Melbourne in the early hours of Sunday morning,’ the spokesperson said.

Police LGBTIQ liaison officers have reached out to the victims and offered referrals or any further assistance that may be needed.

Officers are trying to establish whether the assault on the women was a prejudice-motivated crime. 

Anyone with information should contact police immediately.

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