Transgender Woman Raped 2,000 Times In All-male Prison

31 Jul

A transgender woman has spoken of the
“hell on earth” she suffered after being
raped and abused more than 2,000 times
in an all-male prison.
The woman, known only by her
pseudonym, Mary, was imprisoned for
four years after stealing a car.
She said the abuse began as soon as she
entered Brisbane’s notorious Boggo Road
Gaol and that her experience was so
horrific that she would “rather die than go
to prison ever again.”
“You are basically set upon with
conversations about being protected in
return for sex,” Mary said
“They are either trying to manipulate you
or threaten you into some sort of sexual
contact and then, once you perform the
requested threat of sex, you are then an
easy target as others want their share of
sex with you, which is more like rape than
consensual sex.
“It makes you feel sick but you have no
way of defending yourself.
Mary was transferred a number of times,
but said Boggo Road was the most violent
– and where she suffered the most abuse.
After a failed escape, Mary was
designated as ‘high-risk’, meaning she had
to serve her sentence as a maximum
security prisoner alongside the most
violent inmates.
“I was flogged and bashed to the point
where I knew I had to do it in order to
survive, but survival was basically for
other prisoners’ pleasure,” she said.
“It was hell on earth, it was as if I died
and this was my punishment.”
While inside, Mary said she was also
forced to endure another type of abuse –
the denial of her gender. She said her
long hair was cut off by another prisoner
and that she was not allowed to take her
hormones, so began to grow facial hair.
“It was like my identity was taken away
from me,” she said.
Mary maintains it was unnecessary and
unfair for her to be put in male prisons.
“People must think if you go to a female
prison, you’re going To Molest women
and you’re not — it doesn’t make any
sense,” Mary said.
“I’d rather die than go to prison ever
again in my whole life.”
Before her conviction, Mary had
undergone the lengthily process of seeing
a psychiatrist and been approved
hormone therapy. However, she had not
had reassignment surgery. If she had
undertaken the operation before her
sentence, she would have been sent to a
female prison.
“I look like a woman and I think if a
transgender person is genuine and they
are living as the opposite sex, then they
should be housed in a female prison, even
if you’re in a wing on your own.
“You shouldn’t be subjected to sexual
assault. You are serving a punishment for
an error you made in your life.”
Mary said the abuse she suffered had
stayed with her despite her release back
into society.
“I don’t have a relationship and I don’t
trust men and never will ever again in my
life — I’ve not had a relationship since
prison,” she said.
She added: “We [members of the
transgender community] are human
beings and most of us were born this way.
“We want to just live our lives but are
ridiculed by society because we have the
guts to be who we are.”

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Posted by on July 31, 2016 in Uncategorized


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