Charlie Rogers, a Nebraska lesbian who was attacked in her own home, is speaking out after people questioned her version of events.

“I'm a person and it very much feels like I'm being used as a pawn,” Rogers told CNN affiliate KETV.

Fire fighters responded to a Lincoln house fire early Sunday morning after Rogers escaped to a neighbor's house and called for help. Three masked men allegedly forced themselves into Roger's home, attacked her, carved homophobic slurs into her body and set her house on fire.

Neighbor Linda Rappi told CNN that Rogers arrived at her home “naked, her hands were tied with zip ties. All I could see was a cut across her forehead and blood running down.”

Officer Katie Flood, a spokeswoman for the Lincoln Police Department, said the incident was being investigated as a hate crime.

More than a thousand people gathered Thursday night in Omaha to show support for Rogers.

“I can't adequately express how much it has meant to me that people are standing with me and people are standing for me,” Rogers, 33, said.

“For people to think this doesn't happen here, it does. It did,” she added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)