Screen shot of the viral video showing the attack. (The Daily Star/Facebook.com/monica.rahme, HO)
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"Trans individuals have to deal with [attacks of this nature] each and every day".Social media users suggested the man, who had employed the victim as a sex worker, attacked her upon finding out she was transgender.Such violence affects a significant majority of the community. According to a 2016 study on HIV among trans feminine individuals in Beirut, 68 percent of respondents said they had experienced physical violence, while almost half reported sexual abuse or assault.Further compounding the issue, trans people face difficulties in reporting violence against them to the authorities. Similarly, another Appeals Court ruling in July upheld a decision preventing the prosecution of nine people charged with violating Penal Code Article 534, which prohibits "sexual intercourse against the order of nature".Rajab said the lack of clarity in the article has previously been used to target members of the LGBTQ community.
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