(via fuckyeahsexeducation)Source: brightmoments
photos remonved from this post because they’re a little gory and definitely could be triggering.
TRIGGER WARNING: Hate crime against a trans man
19 year old transman violently attacked for being trans
19-year-old transman, James Alexander, was violently attacked for being trans yesterday morning while going for a walk in his neighborhood. To get to his destination, he had to walk past the house of a girl he was once interested in who had turned him down in the past (saying that “she can’t be with him because he’s not a real man” and that “she’d consider him IF he had a penis.”, and also calling him a “faggot”.), but he didn’t think anything of it, as he’s lived in the area for three years. He certainly wasn’t expecting what was to come.
As he walked past the house of the girl, she came out, and told him she wanted to talk to him. James stopped, to be polite, and because he figured he’d let her say what she needed to say. She asked him if he is a man, to which he said “Yes.”. She then told him to prove he’s a man. He told her off, and began to walk away. As he was walking away, he felt someone grab the back of his shirt. The person spun him around to face them, and he discovered that it was the girls six-foot-five, 25-year-old boyfriend, Mark. Mark yelled in his face and also told him to prove he was a guy. James told him to back off, and shoved him away. Both the girl and Mark called James a “faggot”, and he began to cry. The two of them then proceeded to make fun of James for crying, saying “Oh look, the little girl is crying”. James started to walk away again, as Mark approached him and punched him in the face, right in the eye.. and continued hitting him repeatedly, while laughing, because James was crying.
James, who is significantly smaller than Mark, at five-foot-eight, and is not a violent person at all, defended himself as best he could, and got away.. but not before he sustained injuries to his face and hand, as well as psychological trauma.
James’ mother called the police, and also had him take photos of his injuries.. but it would seem that Mark is not going to be charged, after all. James explains, “It’s his word against mine. He has his mom, his girl, and three other people saying he didn’t do anything.. so even though I have a broken face and can’t physically stop crying or shaking, he is just getting a warning. I’m pressing charges, but he won’t be arrested. Just told to go to court on a certain day I guess.”
The bottom line is that he was attacked for a specific reason; for being trans. That qualifies what happened to him as a hate crime. This was a violent transphobic attack, and the guy who did this to this 19 year old transman, needs to be charged and convicted accordingly. It’s unfortunate that they won’t arrest Mark.. but I do hope that once this goes to court, he’s punished. He shouldn’t be able to just get away with this. Too many times has an incident like this happened, and the attacker gone free. It’s time we (transgender individuals) started being taken seriously when things like this happen to us.
If anyone who is reading this knows of any resources that could help James to ensure his attacker is convicted (legal counsel for trans people, etc), he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you’re a journalist who would like to write about this, I encourage you to do so, as increasing awareness about this incident is very important. There needs to be a huge public outcry about this. This boy needs all the support he can get. Then, maybe something will be done.
Once again, James can be contacted at email@example.com.
I hate knowing that these kind of crimes are going on unpunished. :(
this makes me so sad..and so ..furious.
signal boost, hopefully someone has resources or information that could help?
Signal boost to share the reality of violence he had to face just for being himself, and hopefully someone experienced in law can help out or point him in the right direction?I’m sorry James, I hope someone can help, and know that we stand behind you.
Where have all the morals gone? Sluts here and sluts there saying that they don’t deserve to be raped or assaulted. And then they say that ‘Society never blamed the rapist for raping blahblahblah they only blamed me for being a slut’. Well gee, isn’t this all just a chain reaction? If you weren’t a damn slut, you wouldn’t be raped or assaulted. I’ve made a post about it before, but I’ll say it again. Yes, you don’t deserve to be raped. No one does. But if you’re a slut and you know it, you could have at least avoided being a victim. When was it ever OKAY to be slutty? Why do we think it’s OKAY? We SHOULD be telling these young women that they should be more careful, and just generally less slutty. But no, we have things like the slutwalk, which although is empowering, just sends the wrong message out to these girls. It’s not okay to be raped. But at the same time, you make yourself more visible to predators if you go around flaunting your body like everyone in this world is an angel.
Rape is not okay. But again, girls you need to protect yourselves. If you’re a slut, then you’re just making yourself more visible to the guys who want to assault you. If you show off your body a little too much, or wear clothes that aren’t classy and just ask for attention in a sexual way, then it’s partially your fault for being assaulted. Now this message isn’t aiming for girls who are RANDOMLY assaulted and WEREN’T being sluts. It’s directed at girls who are sluts, know they dress up like sluts, and act like sluts. YOU girls are the ones that are partially blamed for being raped. Don’t throw yourselves out into the eyes of those who want to hurt you, and you will be saving yourself from danger.
Holy fucking rape apologist, batman.
Why is it NOT ok to have sex? Are you the ‘morals’ police? I can’t even formulate a proper response because your post is so hurtful and ridiculous. Where is your proof backing it is these ‘sluts’ mostly getting raped?
Classy? Fuck you. ‘Partially your fault’? Holy fucking fuck. YOU are the reason rapists think it IS ok to target people.
I don’t care if they were naked, flirting with the person earlier and went back to their house for coffee. If they were raped it is 100% the rapists fault. It’s not kind of their fault. It is THEIR FUCKING FAULT.
Quit being an insensitive ignorant judgmental slut shaming jerk and open your mind. You’re not better than anyone else, your sexuality does not change that, how little sex you have does not change that, how much cleavage you show does not change that.
The reason survivors are blamed for their rape is not ‘sluts’ it’s people who think like you.
And to answer your title question “It has always been just fine”