A 23-year-old foreign exchange student was waiting at a MAX station in Portland, Oregon when 23-year-old Jasmine Campbell allegedly grabbed the student’s hijab and attempted to choke her with it. According to the Portland Mercury, Campbell then ripped the hijab completely off of the victim’s head, took off all of her own clothing aside from a jacket, and began rubbing the hijab on her bare body.
The authorities were called and Campbell was detained. She reportedly was scheduled to appear in court on Friday but didn’t show up. The District Attorney’s office has officially charged her “with two counts of bias crimes in the second degree.”
When Campbell was taken into custody, responding officers asked her why she attacked the Portland State University student.
“The defendant stated that she was fighting and playing around, that she wanted to be a stripper, and she wanted to show the victim that she did not have to be a Muslim, that people don’t have to be black or white, and that she wanted the victim to know that religion doesn’t define her,” states the affidavit.
The attack frightened the victim so terribly that for the time being, she has chosen to wear knit caps instead of her hijab. The case is ongoing.