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A transgender woman says she feels “so fragile” after allegedly being attacked while she was out with her boyfriend.
Anna Montgomery, 20, had just finished dining with Jamie Girvan when she says she was hit in the face as she enjoyed a drink.
But although she felt “humiliated” and was left covered in blood she says she feels “sorry” for the suspected attacker, BelfastLive reports.
Police are treating the alleged assault in Belfast city centre on Saturday night as a hate crime.
Anna, of Newtownards, County Down, said: “We’d just had a fantastic meal and met some absolutely amazing girls.
“But while we were having a few drinks I was assaulted at my table. I was suddenly hit in the face.
“There was a lot of blood over my face and my clothes and the top of my forehead was cut, my nose is very smashed up and I have a lot of bruising.
“It happened so quickly, it was just so sly and sneaky.
"I’ve never felt more humiliated in my whole life. It ruined our whole night.”
She added: “It’s just so sad it’s the year 2020 and I am a trans woman getting assaulted for just being me.
“I feel sorry for the person who assaulted me.”
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Anna, who transitioned to female at 16, says she has enjoyed support from her family, friends and community.
And she has been open about her personal life, working to educate the public on transitioning and the transgender community.
She said: “I hope no one has to go through what I went through on Saturday night.
“It was absolutely terrible.
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"I just don’t understand how someone could treat any person like the way I was treated.
“It was completely unexpected and uncalled for.
“This same situation had happened with me before with my friends with a boy who just hit us all for absolutely no reason.
“I feel just so fragile at the moment and the amount of support I have received from my friends has been amazing without you and my boyfriend, I honestly don’t think I would still be here today.”
She admitted she has “never felt lower” than how she felt the next day.
A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: “Police are investigating the report of an assault in the Church Lane area of Belfast on Saturday, 26 September.
“Enquiries are continuing into this matter, which is being treated as a hate crime.”
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