Lyla was working abroad when the pandemic began. Her employer requested she stay and work from her apartment in the city. Lyla was happy living in Germany. She had made some good friends and loved her job.
Lyla took evening walks to help offset the isolation. One evening after a walk she stopped by the store before she returned to her apartment. She got in the elevator with her bag of groceries. As the doors were closing a man suddenly bolted inside at the last minute. He nodded at her politely but something about him made her nervous.
She got out of the elevator on her floor and the man also got out, offering to help her with her bag of groceries. The man became agitated when Lyla declined and he started insulting her. Lyla quickly knocked on a neighbor's door but no one answered. The man grabbed Lyla and began to attack her. Luckily another neighbor heard Lyla scream and opened their door. The man ran.
Lyla was very scared and upset about the attack She believed the man may have targeted her for being a lesbian as he was spewing homophobic slurs at her during the attack.
A Pathways advocate was able to work with Lyla for several weeks offering emotional support, resources and connected her with a counselor.
Because of your donations we were able to provide critical support to Lyla during her crisis. Lyla has let us know she is doing much better because of our help. Thank you!
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