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Transgender People and Violence

Transgender people experience high rates of verbal, emotional, and physical violence. This violence has been found to start at very young ages and to persist throughout transgender people’s lives, negatively affecting transgender people’s lives in a variety of ways. This entry examines the prevalence of different kinds of violence, the lack of safety offered by law enforcement officials, and the risks and consequences of violence.

Prevalence of Violence

Transgender people have been found to experience verbal, physical, and sexual violence at rates higher than the cisgender people and other vulnerable groups (such as gay men). Evidence from around the world suggests that the vast majority of transgender people experience verbal harassment and abuse from family members, coworkers, neighbors, and complete strangers on a frequent basis. For example, ...

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