Does that headline strike you as absurd? That's how I feel about it. But nonetheless it's the one statistic that sticks with me the most after reading the recent comprehensive study on discrimination against trans people, Injustice At Every Turn.
Respondents reported unequal treatment (5%), verbal harassment/disrespect (4%), and physical assault (1%) when utilizing rape crisis centers. When being housed in or utilizing domestic violence shelters or programs, respondents reported unequal treatment (6%), verbal harassment/disrespect (4%), and physical assault (1%).
I don't want to let others off the hook. Greater rates of discrimination and assault occurred at emergency rooms, legal service clinics, retail stores, and of course the greatest offenders: police. Those seeking help by the police were assaulted at a rate of roughly 1 in 16 and more than a third of all respondents reported mistreatment at the hands of police.
What really surprised me, though, was that staff at a rape crisis clinic would physically assault a rape victim seeking services. That it happens at all I find horrifying, and with that in mind 1 out of 100 seems like an astonishingly large number. That number is the same for those accessing rape crisis centers and domestic violence programs.