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Stepping Out Against Hate

 MERION VILLAGE (Maria Durant) --After several attacks against Gay men, the gay community is taking a stand against hate.

Friday evening about 35 people marched, in hopes of bringing awareness of the violence and helping to put a stop to them.

 Mark Buckingham organized the grassroots walk.  He says, " We are going to fight these crimes with our eyes open, our ears listening, our minds working and our hearts open.  Enough is enough."

To show support people were asked to wear pink on Friday.  After Chris Kratavil posted a bloody picture of himself just a few hours after he was assaulted.

Kratavil was one of the victims.  He believes he was a victim of a hate crime.  He says minutes before he was assaulted , two suspects watched him kiss his boyfriend good night.

Police are also meeting with the gay community.

Sgt. Nick Konves says one way to protect yourself against an attack is to be aware of your surroundings.

Konves says get rid of distractions, "We live in an age where we are constantly on the phone texting and talking.  When you're doing that, you're not aware of your surroundings."

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