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French LGBTI Rights Groups Warn of a Spike in Homophobic Attacks

11/04/2018 | Gay Star News

LGBTI rights groups have spoken out about a spike in homophobic attacks in France. Across France, complaints of homophobic attacks have increased by 15% since the beginning of 2018, FRANCE 24 reports. A number of French LGBTI rights activists also believe that the number of people to experience homophobic attacks or abuse is widely underreported. ‘This is just the tip of the iceberg,’ said the spokesperson for rights group Inter-LGBT, Clémence Zamora-Cruz. ‘On the ground, many attacks go unreported. Often, victims don’t complain for fear of reprisals, or because they’re afraid of speaking to police officers who aren’t aware of issues relating to LGBT identity. They’re scared of not being listened to.’

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