LGBT Youth Scotland responds to Crown Office hate crime figures perpetrated against trans young people outlined in Herald article this weekend.
A feature in this weekend’s Herald highlighted the issue of hate crime motivated by prejudice in relation to transgender identities. This article noted that the Crown Office’s Report on crimes charged had shown that:
It is important to note that these numbers are low and a small increase is most likely a sign that more transgender young people are reporting the crimes committed against them. It may also be that those incidents reported to the Children's Reporter involved children as the perpertrators of crime rather than the victims.
Regardless, no trans person should ever have to experience behaviour that makes them feel threatened, scared, unsafe, or causes them harm.
It is therefore important to proactively address hate crimes committed against trans young people and to continue to improve confidence people to report incidents. We believe this can be achieved by:
It is important to note that steps are being taken to by schools, charities community safety organisations and this may account for small the increase in statistics. LGBT Youth Scotland has also produced Guidance on Supporting Transgender Young People in Schools, including lesson plans, which will be launched in the new school term.
If you, or someone you know, has experienced a hate crime you can report this at your nearest police station, at a third-party reporting site, or at this website.
To find out more about what a hate crime is access the LGBT National Youth Council’s Pocket Guide to Hate Crime, created by and for young people.