Just the other day I posted about Sarah Bray, an Indiana lesbian who claimed to have been denied hospital visitation rights after her partner, Jennifer Clemmer, supposedly overdosed as part of a suicide attempt. [See post HERE]
Turns out that story is not true, and it’s much different, and much worse than the original.
Yesterday Sarah Bray was arrested for assaulting Jennifer Clemmer and then trying to cover it up as a suicide attempt by drug overdose. Bray had claimed, through LGBT activists and the media, that the hospital, and Clemmer’s mother, had denied her the right to see her partner, but the fact is that Bray had been allowed to see Jennifer with supervision. But once Bray had alerted the press and GetEqual Indiana, hospital staff became suspicious and the police were called.
And it was during an interview with authorities that a different story emerged.
Indiana prosecutors now allege that Sarah Bray attacked Jennifer Clemmer in front of Bray's two children in a dispute over household chores. In an effort to escape the attack, Clemmer sought refuge in the bathroom, and it wasn’t until hours later that Bray called 911 to claim she found Clemmer in that bathroom unconscious. Jennifer Clemmer says the last thing she remembers is dragging herself into the bathroom. Police allege that Clemmer did not overdose as part of a suicide attempt and instead believe Sarah Bray attacked Clemmer, who they report as being covered in bruises and scratches.
Once Clemmer was hospitalized, Bray alleged that Clemmer's mother had banned her from the hospital room, but now it appears that Bray was allowed to visit, only under supervision, because there was a fear that she might harm Clemmer to keep her from speaking to police.
It was then that Bray contacted LGBT activists and the media and told her “story”.
Once awake, Clemmer told police that Bray had attacked her, and Bray's children confirmed the story to detectives, saying their mother told them not to say anything else. And neither the hospital or Jennifer Clemmer’s family confirmed the overdose theory, and there is a belief that the police simply played along until Clemmer awoke to avoid alerting Bray to the investigation.
Family members and friends allege in the affidavit that Bray has a history of mentally and physically abusing Clemmer.
Sarah Bray was booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of felony criminal confinement, felony battery, and misdemeanor battery charges. She faces two felony and one misdemeanor charge and is being held on $11,000 bond; if convicted, Bray faces up to four years in jail.
I hope they throw the book at her. How dare she play the anti-LGBT card when so many times in this country this story really happens to same-sex couples. As we fight for equality, we come across all sorts of people who seek to deny us our rights, and when one of our own, like Sarah Bray, trys to use the system to cover her crimes, it lessens our struggle in the eyes of those who stand against us.
She ought to be ashamed; she ought to go to jail.