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Terrible Hostageship and Abuse of Transgender

by our Editors in General , 11 juni 2017


In the SBS6 TV show Hart van Nederland, transgender woman Jessica tells the horrible tale of her being taken hostage and abused. Five suspects are now in custody. Jessica has shared her story on television because ‘this ordeal should not happen to anyone in the future’. Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN) and COC Netherlands responded in absolute horror.

The 56-year-old Jessica from Eindhoven was tied up and severely abused for hours on end and robbed in a parking garage in Best (Noord-Brabant) on February 25th. According to a spokesperson of the police, she had been ‘severely battered’.

The perpetrators had planned to rob her, as becomes clear from her story. The fact that this happened with such brute force does not come out of the blue. She thinks that the transphobia of the perpetrators contributed to this. On the show, she emphasized that transphobia is not a problem that, as many claim, is just something that can be seen in non-native Dutch. The perpetrators were native Dutch, which is something she has noticed before at times she was bullied as a trans woman. “It is not the Moroccan-Dutch or Turkish-Dutch that are at fault, they are the ones that have a positive attitude. I usually have problems with the ‘true’ Dutch men.”

The intensive police investigation of the last months did yield results. On April 11, three men were detained. A 28-year-old man from Nieuwegein, a 33-year-old from Geldrop, and a 33-year-old from Reusel. On April 20, the arrests of a 24-year-old man from Culemborg and a 25-year-old woman from Bladel followed. All five are suspected of attempted manslaughter.

Interest group TNN speaks of a ‘terrible incident’. TNN President Corine van Dun confirms that transgender people are often confronted with violence. “Worldwide, transgender people are being abused and killed in the most violent ways because they are trans. What happened to Jessica unfortunately is not an exception. Fortunately she can tell her story and arrests were made.”

TNN calls on the prosecution to thoroughly investigate whether the fact that Jessica was trans was a motive. TNN will follow Jessica's case intensively, and will keep in touch with the prosecutor.

COC Netherlands also responded shocked. COC President Tanja Ineke: “It is the second time in a short period of time that such an incident in which brute force is used against LGBTIs is in the news, and each and every time it is horrible.” The COC has offered Jessica help if needed and appreciated.

COC Netherlands calls on priority to tackling violence against LGBTIs in the formation talks. Performance agreements between the police and the justice department should lead to more offenders being convicted. The COC also advocates a higher maximum penalty for discriminatory violence and more attention being paid to addressing discrimination in police academies. To prevent violence, primary and secondary education should do more when it comes to education and information, and sexual diversity education should be made compulsory in lower and intermediate vocational education. The Dutch Lower House has recently voted on a bill by MP Jasper van Dijk (SP) to do so. The motion carried.
 



 







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