Man violently rapes woman in attempt to 'fix the gay,' police in Utah say

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Apr. 6 2021, Updated 3:05 p.m. ET

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A Salt Lake City man raped a lesbian woman and told her that he was going to “fix the gay," according to police.

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The victim was visiting Adam Quinn Atwood’s wife at their home the night of the attack, police said.  When the victim arrived, she told police that the couple was intoxicated. 

After being there a little while, the victim left. However, she said Atwood convinced her to walk to a nearby convenience store with him, according to ABC 4. 

The victim stated the assault and rape happened when they got back to the house, police said.

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According to authorities, the victim said, “she told the suspect to 'stop' and 'no.' He asked her if she was sure she didn’t like it and if she was sure she was gay.

The victim tried to leave the house, but Atwood “grabbed her by the back of the neck and forced her back into the house,” according to police and media reports. 

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Atwood then pushed her down the stairs, picked her up and pushed her down to the basement, police said.

The victim said that Atwood “placed his arm around her neck and choked her.” She said she “could kinda breathe and possibly blacked out,” according to authorities.

Atwood continued to assault the victim and police said the victim said she is a lesbian and kept telling Atwood that “she didn’t like guys” to get him to stop, police said and local media reported. 

It didn’t help, as police said Atwood “told her he was going to fix the gay.”

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In another attempt to get him to stop, the victim reminded Atwood that his wife and children were upstairs, but that did not stop him, police said.

After struggling, the victim fought back to get away, authorities said. Police said, “She made it to her vehicle and as she locked the doors the suspect ran up to the car and yelled, ‘you better not tell anyone.’”

According to authorities, Atwood was arrested and told police he “did not rape anyone” and then requested a lawyer. Atwood faces charges of object rape, forcible sex abuse, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.

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