The attack on state Representative Maryam Khan and her family while they participated in an Eid-al-Adha prayer service at the XL Center in Hartford is a blatant display of hatred and violence. Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) condemns the physical and emotional harm caused to Rep. Khan and her family on what should have been a day of prayer, peace, and a celebration for the families and individuals in attendance.
In her first public appearance after the attack, state Rep. Maryam Khan bravely used her platform to share the details that she endured, “I thought I was going to die. And my best friend of 15 years was there and I looked at her apologetically [saying] that I was going to give up, that I was no longer going to fight, because I knew I was going to die,” Khan said, at times, her voice cracking with tears. “[He] threw me. I felt nothing. But I shot up and I ran for my life.”
MHC stands in compassion and solidarity with Rep. Khan and her family. We applaud her for using her platform to fight against injustice not only for herself, but for all victims of sexual assault and harassment.
We must work together to bring an end to hate and make public spaces safer, for everyone. Together, we will and can do better.
State Rep. Maryam Khan said on Thursday that she will call on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate how the Hartford Police Department responds to violent crimes.
Below is a part of the statement released by The Connecticut Legislative Black and Puerto Rican Caucus (BPRC) in response to the disturbing event:
“I am disgusted by the hateful and vile actions of this individual,” said state Senator and BPRC Chair Pat Billie Miller. “During a time for prayer, togetherness and peace, Rep. Khan and her family were subjected to obscenities and violence. This public attack highlights the audacious nature of hate in our country and unfortunately in our state and must be snuffed out. No one should have to look over their shoulder when they are out with family, in prayer no less. I am praying for Rep. Khan and her family during this traumatic time, one in which should never take place anywhere in Connecticut.”
If you are experiencing discomfort or feelings of unsafety due to this news, please know that you are not alone. Lean on your natural supports, your families and friends, and know that you can reach out for help. Contact MHC at mhconn.org or utilize the below resources.
Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence – https://endsexualviolencect.org/get-help/for-victims-survivors/
Statewide Hotline: 1-888-999-5545 for English / 1-888-568-8332 para Español
Counselors and advocates are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to listen and offer support. They can provide you with information and resources to help you best decide what to do next. Advocates can accompany you at hospitals, police departments and courts—if you so choose. You do not have to go through this alone. All direct services are free and confidential. They are available to all survivors in Connecticut—regardless of age, sex, immigration status, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religious or spiritual beliefs.
The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCCT) – https://muslimcoalitionct.org/
MCCT is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote American Islamic Values through education, outreach, and community service.