Transgender woman healing after beaten in Oregon over bathroom use

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09/08/2019

The attack broke Lauren Jackson’s bones but not her spirit. “Thankfully, I’m still alive. Thankfully, the injuries weren’t worse,” she told The Oregonian/OregonLive. Jackson, a transgender woman, was severely beaten by a man she didn’t know after using a woman’s bathroom at an Oregon coast park near Newport, Oregon, late last month, police and prosecutors allege. Jackson was visiting Oregon for the first time. The assailant’s blows shattered her jaw in multiple places and fractured her skull, according to the woman and police. She spent the next week in the hospital. Seth Costanza, 37, an unemployed Idaho resident, is accused of a felony hate crime. He was arraigned Monday in Lincoln County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree intimidation, second-degree assault, menacing and harassment. Jackson, 29, said she is healing and flourishing.

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