S.O.P.H.I.E and The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

BY FREELANCER ALEXXIS ZABELIN

In one of my previous articles I focused a bit on the lifestyle I lead. I am totally aware that I am not the only person pursuing a gothic lifestyle. It is hard for all goths to lead this lifestyle sometimes; I wrote before about receiving abuse in the street, getting stares etc. However I have never (thankfully) been violently attacked because of how I choose to look.

I agreed with Shauna that this article would go in around the anniversary of the time in 2007 that Sophie Lancaster was attacked in a skate park, and when she died from her injuries two weeks later. You can find a link to the story of the case, and information about the foundation, at the bottom of this post.

When I first heard of this story, for obvious reasons, it really upset me. Later on, I found out about the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and the S.O.P.H.I.E wristbands that you can buy online.

I also discovered a S.O.P.H.I.E group exists on Second Life, which I was quick to join. I think it’s really important that the foundation and the case are given more exposure. I used to bring up Sophie in conversation in SL, and I was surprised to find out that absolutely no-one knew who she was or about the incident.

So, it’s my hope that that with this post I will bring the story to a wider audience.

RIP Sophie.

Visit on the Web: Sophie Lancaster Foundation

4 Responses

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  1. Graz
    Graz August 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm |

    I remember watching news reports of this terrible crime and being absolutley horrified. A completely unprovoked and sadistic attack on two young people based solely on their appearance. A sad reminder of the hatred and intolerance that still exists in certain sections of our society. RIP.

  2. jellie Arrowmint
    jellie Arrowmint August 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm |

    It’s absolutely disgraceful that people are attacked simply because of what they like to wear – where’s the sense in that? Good article Alexxis x

  3. kira
    kira August 24, 2010 at 10:32 am |

    yes alexxis, that article is worth to be at moonletters site, but! please take my post personal, you are the wrong person to write about that, even if you seem to be a goth in rl.your profile was filled up with hate and intolerance, you never showed respect. as i can see you changed the word hate into dislike,but people which have been with you for any reason, will never forget how rude you can be. i never believe that your behaviour will change, in my eyes you ever stay a retarded racist, and i am not afraid of your verbal attacts. i know most of your *friends* at moonletters will avoid me, or may tell me….oh kira, alexiss has changed…….give her a chance. NO! i had to deal a lot with people like you in RL, some of my family got killed because of being * different* or from another skin colour, and even if my english is *poorly* in your sight,i ll always find and see the fine lines between.get back your old hate *profile*, it was more honest………..madame1111 Quintessa

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