Four female inmates at a women’s jail in West Yorkshire say a transgender prisoner sexually assaulted them.
According to The Daily Mail, the first assault happened within days of the transgender prisoner, Karen White, arriving at the jail.
One woman says the transgender prisoner was visibly aroused during the attack. Another female inmate says the transgender prisoner talked inappropriately about oral sex, and a third inmate says the transgender prisoner attacked her. The fourth inmate says the transgender inmate kissed her on the neck.
The BBC says the offenses took place between September to November 2017.
The transgender prisoner has been sent to a Category B men’s jail. She will appear at Leeds Crown Court in August.
According to The Daily Mail, there were 125 transgender prisoners in England and Wales at the end of March 2017. The year prior, there were only 70.
Transgender women can legally change their gender with a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and have lived as a woman for two years.
Judges use this law to decide which gender facility that transgender prisoners will be sent to— male or female.
Officials from the Ministry of Justice told the BBC that in the “great majority” of cases, transgender inmates are allowed to “experience the system” in the gender they identify.
Officials also said “strict safeguards” were in place to prevent abuse.
Publication Date: July 20, 2018
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