murder statistics

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

This past Tuesday evening I included the following snippet in my diary, School Daze.

The average person has a 1 in 15,000 change of being murdered. A transperson has a 1 in 13 chance of being murdered. Additionally transpeople are eight times as likely to commit suicide.

Rightly so, cordgrass commented:

you buried the lede

a transperson has a one in thirteen chance of being MURDERED! I had no idea! What does that say about our society?

Do you have more links for that?

The data was taken from one of my links, but it should rightly be viewed with some skepticism. So I went looking for the source. I had the advantage of knowing who it was, so that made my search easier. Back in 1999 Kay Brown (proprietress of Transgender Roadmap) shared the data with students in her class when she was the instructor for "20th Century Transgender History and Experience" at the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco, (Washington Blade, Dec. 10, 1999).

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