A transgender woman was sexually, verbally, and physically assaulted in Paris while walking to the metro from the Place de la Republique Sunday. The attacked happened as her path led her to the fringe of a protest of the now-deposed Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
According to MSN New Zealand Julia, 31, told local media that she was trying to get to the metro, but that ‘three individuals blocked me.’
She added: ‘One of them said to me, “But you are actually a man, and anyway, you will not pass.”
‘One of the three individuals said to me “But you have breasts, can I touch?” And then, he put his hand on my chest.’
Julia continued: ‘I found myself in front of a man who took out his penis in front of me and told me that I had to make him happy.
‘The men above me threw beer at me. And the person who touched my chest came back to me and slapped me and then you saw the next part on the video.
‘I had never experienced a situation like this.’
She added: ‘Violent acts are committed against this community on a daily basis. There are people who will not have the strength that I have and who will be destroyed by this kind of assault.’
Mr Alouane told local media: ‘Men began to humiliate her by singing a song meant to sexualise her, to ridicule her. Then a man spat on her. The victim got angry and tried to get out of the way. So the man started to hit her.’
According to local media, Julia is filing a complaint for ‘sexual assault.’
Nous sommes bien en plein @Paris, à République. ?
Une honte pour notre pays. ??
Une honte pour le drapeau auquel vous pensiez faire honneur. ??
— Lyes Alouane???? (@Lyes_Alouane) April 2, 2019
The video was shared on social media by LGBTQ+ activist Lyes Alouane who said: ‘Transphobic aggression. This is indeed in the centre of Paris, at [Place de la] Republique. Shameful for our country [French flag emoji].
‘Shameful for the flag you thought to honour [Algerian flag emoji].’
Julia said about the attack on Sunday in Paris: “I do not want this aggression to be associated with a community. I was facing intolerant men. The fact that they are Algerians has nothing to do with that. ”
Julia, femme transgenre agressée dimanche à Paris : « Je ne veux pas que cette agression soit associée à une communauté. J’étais face à des hommes intolérants. Le fait qu’ils soient algériens n’a rien à voir avec cela. » #HDPros
Le direct ➡️ https://t.co/3NhWuS7be9 pic.twitter.com/keNiPXZxP5
— CNEWS (@CNEWS) April 3, 2019
The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo retweeted Deputy Mayor Hélène Bidard in charge of gender equality who wrote after meeting with Julie
“I salute the courage of Julia that I received at the Hôtel de Ville following the transphobic aggression she suffered on Sunday @Paris. Her testimony is invaluable to our fight against the verbal, physical and sexual aggression that LGBTQI + people face.”
Je salue le courage de #Julia que j’ai reçue à l’Hôtel de Ville suite à l’agression transphobe dont elle a été victime dimanche à @Paris. Son témoignage est précieux pour notre lutte contre les agressions verbales, physiques et sexuelles auxquelles font face les personnes LGBTQI+ pic.twitter.com/Yb0fDglIka
— Hélène Bidard (@Helenebidard) April 4, 2019