As more details of the allegedly homophobic attack in Vanbrugh emerge, shock and disbelief have set in around the student community. Whilst it is difficult to accept that prejudice can be translated into violence with such ease in the middle of a tolerant institution such as a university, we must face reality. The possibility that the assailants were non-students cannot be ruled out, but it would be foolish to think that everyone on campus recognises the rights of minority groups.
In this sense, the words of the victim, who has courageously spoken out against the beating, should inspire us all. His determination not to let the incident affect his life shows a degree of resilience that will serve as a major boost in the fight against such crimes. Although the freedom of individuals to hold different opinions should not be questioned, there is nothing that can be said in defence of this violence.