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'Suicide Squad' Actress Karen Fukuhara Was the Victim of a Hate Crime

Though physically okay, the trend of anti-Asian hate has taken a toll on her.

Karen Fukuhara has opened up about being the victim of a hate crime.

"The Boys" star says she was randomly attacked while on a walk. She took to Instagram to raise awareness, posting her experience with the hashtag "Stop Asian Hate".

She shared her story in which she was struck in the head by a passerby. The statement read,

"We made no eye contact before, I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary. It came to my surprise and my hat flew off. By the time I looked back, he was a few feet away from me (he must have kept walking after hitting me). I thought about confronting him first but he started coming towards me and I didn’t think it was worth the risk. After a few seconds of staring at each other, and him yelling at me, he eventually walked away."

Fukuhara stated it was the first time she's been harmed physically, "although racial slurs and harmful actions have been directed to [her] in the past."

She shared that her reason for posting was to raise awareness, since incidents such as hers occur every day. She added,

"Ultimately I know I got lucky. He could have come back to hit me again. He could have carried a weapon. The shock of this experience has me thinking about taking self defense classes. But why is this something we as ‘victims’ have to think about? What satisfaction are these perpetrators getting from hitting women, Asians, the ELDERLY? They need to be held accountable. What can we do as a community to prevent these horrible crimes?"

Many celebrities have commented in support, including Chase Crawford, Jack Quaid, Jasmine Chong and Olivia Munn. Fukuhara's is just one in a string of several anti-Asian hate crimes that have taken place recently.

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