Demand Justice for Transgender Sexual Assault Victim

Target: The Svea Court of Appeals

Goal: Demand justice against man who attempted to rape a transgender woman outside her home in Örebro, Sweden

The Örebro District Court of Sweden recently ruled that a man who attempted to rape a woman outside her ex-boyfriend’s home in Örebro is guilty only of assault because his intended victim turned out to be biologically male. The attacker, a 61-year-old man, had followed his victim for quite some time before he violently assaulted her, ripping off her pants and grabbing at her crotch with the obvious intent of raping her. However, when the case was brought to court, it was decided that he was not guilty of rape because, his victim being biologically male, his intentions were supposedly impossible to actually commit. Instead, he was convicted of assault, sentenced to four months in prison and ordred to pay about $2,000 compensation to the woman he attempted to rape.

Regardless of whether a full rape was carried out, the attacker’s plan when he assaulted the woman was definite, as he was unaware that his potential victim was not biologically female. Anyone can suffer a rape, regardless of their gender or sex. What was clearly an attempt at rape should not be treated frivolously or downgraded to assault just because the woman in question happened to be transgender.

The victim and her lawyer have chosen to appeal the case, meaning it will be heard again, with the official charge remaining as rape, at the Svea Court of Appeals in Stockholm. Insist that it be treated seriously when it is by demanding the attacker be charged with the fullest possible penalty for rape, not simply for assault.


Dear Svea Court of Appeals,

I am writing to demand that in hearing the case of a transgender woman who suffered an attempted rape outside her ex-boyfriend’s house in Örebro, you treat the scenario seriously and sentence the attacker with the penalty for rape, rather than simply assault. The District Court of Örebro ruled that the attack only counted as assault since a full rape could not have taken place, but anyone can be raped, regardless of their gender or sex. Reports described the attacker as “brutally violent” in his assault as he tore off the woman’s pants and grabbed at her crotch. Though a full rape did not take place, his intentions towards the woman were clear, which is what should be of consequence in this matter: not whether or not his attempted victim was biologically female or not.

When you hear this case, please treat it as a serious attempted rape and not merely an assault. Charging the attacker with the fullest possible penalty for rape, not for assault, is the responsible action to take in this situation.


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