LGBT Non-Profit Start Up Rises out of Oak Lawn Assaults

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DALLAS -  Dallas law enforcement, along with Equality Texas, launched National Crime Victims Rights Week. They hope to bring attention to victims who have faced violent attacks because of their sexuality.

Local businesses along Cedar Springs Road say they already noticed a change . “The actual crime rate, if you look at it, has cut down a whole lot. Those major assaults that we were looking at aren’t happening anymore," said Victoria Douglas, who manages Out of the Closet thrift store.

Burke Burnett, along with Michael Dominguez, who were both targeted in assaults within the past year, decided to channel the hate against them and start a non-profit with a name that says it all,  Survivors Offering Support, SOS.

SOS offers help with medical bills, out-of-work expenses, and group support. They say they have several cases open where they help victims but the only funds they use for assistance comes from donations.