Father says his son was attacked at fraternity party for being gay

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – A North Dakota father says his son is recovering after being the victim of a hate crime.

Dan Gisvold says his son has been harassed for years for being gay.

Last weekend, he says he was attacked at a Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity party.

“There are people out there that found him in the bushes with his clothes off. He was stripped of his clothes, he did have marks on his body. They whipped him with a belt, and he said they kicked him too, and I don’t think people believe it,” Gisvold told KVLY.

Fortunately, he says a few people stopped to help and gave his son sweat pants and a t-shirt.

“The majority of people in this world I think are decent people, and thank God there were some people who were willing to step up and help him, because no one at that fraternity, that party, who was willing to help him,” Gisvold said.

Gisvold says his son is not blaming the fraternity or the university.

However, he says hate crimes are more common than many people would believe.

“It doesn’t matter if you are gay, straight, black, white or yellow, it’s wrong,” he said.

Police are investigating the incident and the family says they are planning on pressing charges on the attackers.

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