One night, Dean and his friends were approached by another group from college, who shouted abuse at Dean, targeting his identity, like the way he dressed and the music he listened to. This abuse continued into college and online through Facebook and Twitter.
Two nights later, Dean was leaving the park alone, when a couple of the boys from the group started verbally abusing him. Dean answered back and the boys attacked him. Two people passing by stopped the attack and called an ambulance. Dean was left with facial injuries and two fractured ribs. Dean gave a statement to the police explaining what happened, but without naming the boys from college as he was afraid of what might happen. When he was first contact by You & Co Dean did not want any help.