Second class citizens...second class women: The impact of gender inequality and gender based violence on transsexual women
Background: In 2010 the LGBT Domestic Abuse Project and the Scottish Transgender Alliance published research looking at the transgender people's experience of domestic abuse (Roch et al, 2010). The research found extremely high levels of domestic abuse and lifted the lid on an area of gender based violence that we knew little about in Scotland. One of the most worrying findings from the research, however, related not to domestic abuse, but to another form of gender based violence. When respondents were asked about violence they had experienced from someone who was not a partner or ex-partner, 10% of people said that someone had forced or tried to force them to engage in sexual activity for money. This research project sought to obtain a better understanding of issues around sexual exploitation for transsexual people.