32-year-old Gena Willenburg has dyed black hair and piercings, but does not identify as Goth. Mother to a six-year-old boy, she moved to Edinburgh, Scotland from her native Texas last year. Recently she and a friend, who had dyed blue hair but also was not a Goth, had gone to visit her sister-in-law in Viewcraig Gardens, Dumbiedykes, when they were set upon by a group in their mid-to-late teens.
The gang - mostly boys and one girl - began hurling abuse at the two women, calling them 'fucking Goths' and threatening to 'kick their heads in'. Understandably the pair felt intimidated but felt their best option was to put their heads down and keep walking.
The group of yobs then set upon the young women, hitting Gena in the back of the head with a bottle and punching and kicking her to the ground. The girl in the group pulled Gena's head back by the hair so that the boys could kick her in the face. Gena's friend bravely stepped in to stop the thugs stamping on the young mother, and the teens turned on her too.
Luckily, Gena's sister-in-law came out of her house and began shouting at the gang - the police were called, and Gena and her friend were taken to hospital for treatment. The friend needed stitches for a split lip, and Gena had to have her nose reset and stitches in her eye.
|Gena Willenberg after the attack|
Police are appealing for witnesses.