Trans woman was gang-raped during the first night out

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Three men from Belgium are in trial for a group rape of a trans girl who was celebrating the beginning of her transition into female. The incident allegedly occurred when the 17 year old went out with friends to the Red & Blue gay club in Antwerp one year ago. The teen says she was harassed by a 34-year-old man, who followed her outside when she went to get some fresh air. The man and two others, aged 24 and 25, then forced her into a taxi, the girl was confused and she did not understand what was going on. When they began to grope her she felt too weak to resist all three of them. She was then taken to a flat in the Deurne borough of Antwerp, where she was raped in turns by the three men, according to local news. The defendants initially denied any involvement, claimed they didn’t even know each other and denied having been to the gay club, but the DNA expertise proved that they had had sexual contact with the victim, so they changed their initial testimony, insisting it had been consensual. All three defendants say they did not know the victim was underage (17 is beyond the age of consent in Belgium, so even if the sexual intercourse had been consensual, though the prosecution believes it was not, the three men have committed a crime against the victim anyway). The public prosecutor demanded six years in prison for each of the three men and compensation of €7,850. But the victim’s lawyer asked for harsher punishment, saying, “My client is transgender. That night was the first time she went out as a female, something which makes the facts more severe.”

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