Transgender Network Netherlands Reports High Trans-Violence Rate
According to recent research done by the Transgender Network Netherlands, 53% of the people who are transgender reported dealing with harassment or threats of violence.
According to recent research done by the Transgender Network Netherlands, approximately half of the people who are transgender reported dealing with harassment or threats of violence.
According to their website, Transgender Network Netherlands mission is to “work towards a gender-diverse society, for the emancipation of transgender people and for their well-being as well as their relatives’. We consider this mission accomplished when transgender people have become an integral part of society, both as individuals and as a group.
The respondents overwhelmingly reported that the incidences of violence happened in a social setting and approximately one third of the participants had experienced some sort of verbal harassment in the last 12 months. Overall, 43% of the respondents reported at least one act of violence perpetrated against them in the last year. The report stated, “In general, the sense of “how noticeable it is that someone is a transgender person, the more violence they are experiencing.”
Overall, the report goes on to say that 53% of respondents have received both verbal and physical violence in the last year. “The effects of such violence are high,” the report says, “Four out of five respondents monthly offended or experiencing a violent incident, the behavior is due to (feelings of) insecurity. For example, people stop exercising, avoid places or people due to violence.”
One in three people who are transgender reported that the consequences of the violence are so severe that, “everyday life is strongly influenced by (feelings of) insecurity.” One fourth of the participants also indicated that they needed to see professional help because of their experiences.
The study called, “Safe, as Long as One Does Not Notice” was an online survey with a total of 351 respondents and was conducted by the Transgender Network Netherlands and is the first research report in the Netherlands “specifically addressing discrimination and violence towards transgender people.”
All of this despite a person who is transgender winning Holland’s Next Top Model. A version of America’s Top Model is in 180 countries and this season, 20 year old model Loiza Lameras was crowned Holland’s Top Model, an even more epic win because she came out as transgender half way through the show.
According to the Network Life in the Netherlands there around 390,000 people who are transgender.