Two weeks ago, we covered an incident where a student at Indiana University was stabbed because the assailant thought that she was Chinese. At the time, we knew that the victim was taken to the hospital but had no knowledge of her condition.
Today, we can provide a brief, positive update. The victim, who has opted to remain anonymous, has been released from the hospital and is recovering well. In a statement to NPR, her attorney, Kathleen Delaney said, “The family has stated that the student is out of the hospital and recovering, and they have requested privacy to allow for further emotional and physical healing.”
Billie Davis, the perpetrator of the attack, is reportedly seeking an insanity defense. Davis’ attorney, Kyle Dugger, told NPR that Davis has no history of racism but has been plagued with mental illnesses for much of her life. “I would caution the public not to jump to conclusions about a person’s thoughts or beliefs based on police claims from a single interview, and advise even more caution when the interview was taken from a person in custody who may be experiencing psychosis,” Dugger said in a statement.
Whatever the reason, this attack was yet another unprovoked assault against a defenseless member of the AAPI community. We hope the victim continues to recover well, both physically and mentally, from this incident.