Supporting Survivors of Abuse
Transgendered persons are just as likely if not more so to suffer the effects of abuse. A nationwide survey of bias-motivated violence against LGBT people from 1985 to 1998 found that incidents targeting transgender people accounted for 20% of all murders and about 40% of all police-initiated violence*.
Most people probably associate hate crime as being a particular problem for transgendered people, but they also suffer for tham same sort of abuse as
everyone else, whether physical, mental or sexual abuse.
Transgendered people are the targets of the most vicious and blatant forms of violence. They are routinely abused by the police and medical professionals, in addition to being subjected to random street violence and domestic partner abuse. Intimate partners, often appalled to discover the gender transgression, can verbally, psychologically, physically and sexually abuse the person. [Arlene Istar Lev]
"I didn’t even realize I was becoming an 'abused woman' because I had too much self-loathing to consider myself a 'real woman.'" says Bailey Jay
With thanks to Survivors UK for this article.
*Anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Violence in 1998. A report of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (1999). Available online at "http://ncavp.org/publications/NationalPubs.aspx."
Last updated on 05/03/2015
By Sally Jardine
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