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In an issue brief released earlier this year by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation in partnership with the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), the number of transgender women brutally murdered in acts of hate thus far in 2015 was reported as "at least 10" — meaning this year's statistics are likely to surpass numbers from 2014. According to reports, the deaths are "gruesome" and often involve "gunshots, burning, strangulation, and beating." Only a few suspects have even been arrested in relation to these crimes, with most cases remaining unsolved.
For Caitlyn Jenner, her public platform offers a unique opportunity to highlight the severity of these transphobic violence statistics while potentially enlightening otherwise misinformed viewers. "I feel bad that these [people] — especially young people — are going through such a difficult time in their life," Jenner says in a new clip from her forthcoming E! docuseries I Am Cait. "We don't want people dying over this. We don't want people murdered over this stuff."
Speaking on the potential for change brought about the mainstream appeal of I Am Cait, Jenner reveals she's proud to be in a position to feel that pressure. "What a responsibility I have towards this community," says Jenner. "Am I going to do everything right? Do I project the right image? My mind's just spinning with thoughts. I just hope I get it right."