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Transgender woman from Aylesbury urges others to report LGBTQ+ hate crime after her own perpetrator faces court

Marteene Pringle was scared for her safety, but says it won't stop her from standing up to any abuse. Photo:

A transgender woman from Buckinghamshire is encouraging victims of hate crime to report it to police, after her own perpetrator was taken to court.

Since starting her transition six years ago, Marteene Pringle from Aylesbury has survived numerous hate attacks.

Last month, she bravely went to court to see one of her assailants found guilty of transphobic abuse.

She was left frightened and scared for her safety but says it won't stop her from standing up to the abuse.

If you don't report it, it could be worse for somebody else. No matter how little it is, report it. It might not be a hate crime, it might be a hate incident. You just have to report it because somebody whose not so strong in the community, they're the ones we've got to look after. Their the ones that end up getting worse , who will end up committing suicide or even getting assaulted or murdered. It has to be reported."

– Marteene Pringle

Last year, Thames Valley Police recorded 65 recorded transphobic crimes, but only one person was charged.

Transphobic Hate Crimes recorded by Thames Valley Police:

Year - Crimes - Charges

  • 2015 - 15 - 5
  • 2016 - 16 - 3
  • 2017 - 26 - 0
  • 2018 - 65 - 1

Homophobic Hate Crimes recorded by Thames Valley Police:

Year - Crimes - Charges

  • 2015 - 131 - 37
  • 2016 - 158 - 44
  • 2017 - 199 - 41
  • 2018 - 314 - 52

Hear more about Marteene's story here.

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Marteene says too few victims of incidents like her own report them to the police. She says even when there's little prospect of a charge, the information is still useful.

She has vowed she will continue to pound the streets proudly, in the hope her story will mean more people like her get the justice they deserve.

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