Is there Justice for LGBTQ+ Victims?

MatthewsPlace.com
Sep 24 · 4 min read

by Christine Kinori

There is a variation in how different groups of people get justice, especially in international courts. Some people get justice faster, others take time, and for some, justice does not come their way. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) victims are faced with many challenges, some of which are serious criminal offenses. They, therefore, end up becoming victims because of their sexual orientation.
Here comes the big question, is there justice for LGBTQ+ victims?

Below are some of the issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community, as we aim to find out if there is justice for LGBTQ+ victims or not.

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Discrimination & Harassment

Another challenge that the victims experience is discrimination. In certain communities, queer people are classified as outcasts, hence isolated. When they complain of having undergone criminal acts such as rape and sexual harassment, they are ignored.

When trying to seek justice in law courts, the process is long, and the dominating challenges are discrimination and harassment. The process, therefore, discourages them from attempting to seek justice.

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Inadequate Resources for LGBTQ+ Victims

The support system is also limited, discouraging the victims from expressing any form of violence they undergo. Such victims, therefore, become dependent on other people, some of whom are their abusers. Getting justice in such a condition is tricky; hence justice is not realized in the long-run.

Flat-out Refusal to Serve LGBTQ+ Victims

When seeking justice at the courts, the magistrates are biased and have an attitude towards the LGBTQ+ community. The prosecutors also present the cases without tangible evidence, which makes the victims lose cases. On losing cases, the victims feel discriminated against and not report more cases when their rights infringed.

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Failure to Clearly Explain the Rules Regarding LGBTQ+ Victims

Most victims do not know their rights; hence, they do not know what to do when their rights are violated.

When seeking justice, court professionals meant to help the victims keep them off. At times, the sentence to the perpetrators is not clearly stated. Therefore, the system is not transparent, and due to its weakness, the chances of losing cases are very high.

Lack of Specific & Focused Services

After getting their rights violated, they still end up living with the violators without any form of safety. As a result, violence continues. At times the perpetrators get a perfect chance to interfere with the justice procedures, ending up not getting justice.

There may be clearly stated rules that govern the handling of LGBTQ+ victims. However, the procedure of getting an individual victim to get their justice is, at most times, complicated in most countries. Most victims, therefore, do not get justice, bringing us to the conclusion that there is very little overall justice for LGBTQ+ victims.

About the Author:

Christine claims to have somewhat unhealthy addiction to TV and reading, as it is a fun way to keep herself occupied during the long journeys for her travel writing. She is also a believer of letting people be their beautiful selves. To her, love is love and it is the greatest gift we have as humans.

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MatthewsPlace.com is a program of the Matthew Shepard Foundation| Words by & for LGBTQ+ youth | #EraseHate | Want to submit for our publication? Email sara@matthewshepard.org

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Written by

MatthewsPlace.com is a program of the Matthew Shepard Foundation| Words by & for LGBTQ+ youth | #EraseHate | Want to submit? Email sara@matthewshepard.org

Matthew’s Place

MatthewsPlace.com is a program of the Matthew Shepard Foundation| Words by & for LGBTQ+ youth | #EraseHate | Want to submit for our publication? Email sara@matthewshepard.org

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