The number of transphobic hate crimes reported to the police has nearly trebled in the past five years, according to figures obtained by The Independent – but low prosecution rates are causing a "lack of trust" in police.
Sexual assaults, other kinds of violence, threatening behaviour and harassment are all part of a 170 per cent rise in crime reports that has caused alarm among transgender people. According to Freedom of Information responses received from 26 of the UK's 45 police forces, transphobic hate crime reports rose from 215 in 2011 to 582 in 2015. But at the same time, the number of prosecutions is falling, with only 19 secured last year and 22 in 2014, according to the 15 forces which supplied this information. Angela Rayner, Labour's Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, described the figures as "sickening" and said the system was "failing the victims".
There were only 19 prosecutions for transphobic hate crimes last year, despite the huge rise to 582 incidents Reuse content. The 2016 Election: Know the facts about transgender people. Background UCLA's Williams Institute estimates there are 1.4 million transgender people in the United States.
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