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Swedish Man Acquitted of Attempted Rape of Transgender Victim | Care2 Causes

Swedish Man Acquitted of Attempted Rape of Transgender Victim | Care2 Causes

This week a Swedish judge acquitted a man who attempted to rape a transgender victim. The perpetrator, who attacked a transgender woman outside of her apartment complex, stated that he believed his victim was a woman. After he pulled off her clothes and grabbed her crotch, the attacker discovered male genitalia. The victim and her ex-partner were able to pull the man off of her before police came to arrest him. The legal system in Sweden offered no extra help to the victim in court proceedings. The reasoning behind the acquittal of the attacker? The perpetrator claimed that he believed his victim was a woman with female genitalia. The court sided with this explanation adding, as quoted by Queerty , “We believe that he wanted to rape… this woman. But as she proved to be a man, his plan [would] never have been possible.” There are a number of problems with this logic. First ...

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