Florida Man Forced to Hold Sign Saying 'I Beat Women' Is Huge Sexist on Facebook
Turns out 21-year-old Gabriel Urena is an even bigger sexist than previous thought.
Two weeks ago, a 20-year-old Tampa woman named Alisha Hessler met Urena when she and a few friends went out clubbing. The night ended with Urena making unwanted sexual advances toward Hessler in the backseat of a car. When Hessler shoved Urena away, she said he "started beating me repeatedly until I had a broken nose and a concussion."
She went to the cops and filed a report. But then, she told WPTV, she searched Urena's name on Facebook and was touched by what she found.
"Lastnight [sic] was a wake-up call," she says he wrote of the incident. "I seriously need change."
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She discerned a desire to change in Urena and agreed to drop charges against him on one condition: He don a dunce hat and wear a sign saying, "I beat women. Honk if I'm a scumbag."
But perhaps Hessler didn't look closely enough at Urena's profile. Because what we found couldn't be more different.
If anything, the profile doesn't mark a man in search of reform, but a serial misogynist. In picture after picture, Urena, who pleaded guilty to domestic battery in Hillsborough County Court in 2011, refers to women as "hoes," "sucias," "creatures," and "bitches." He treats women as conquests, pursued only upon the basis of sex.
Despite all of that, Hessler has abetted the violence against her and has declined to respond to Tampa police inquiries.
Oh, and in case you missed it, this is how Urena -- who also pleaded guilty in 2011 to felony charges of tampering with a witness -- left Hessler that night:
If you know more, send your story tip to author, Terrence McCoy.
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