Olivia Lambert LivLambert news. As she stepped into the reception area of the jail, she felt all eyes fall upon her as she continued to walk closer to her cell.
Mary was sickened by what happened to her in that Queensland prison, Boggo Road, as it was known in the 90s. She has lived in fear for decades, with regular flashbacks to the disturbing things she lived through while in jail. According to Mary, she was preyed on and raped once a day, sometimes even more. Laverne Cox plays the part of a transgender prisoner in Orange is the New Black. The stares were menacing her as she turned around for a routine bodycheck. By time Mary had made it to her holding cell, news had travelled through the prison that she was transgender.
She sat in the jail cell, surrounded by some male prisoners who were awaiting court, or who had just returned. She was finally taken to the cell where she would stay and within minutes of arriving, she was approached by many men. Mary was raped more than times. Getty Images Mary not once wanted to have sex with prisoners, she said she only did it because she was so scared of being bashed. At times, Mary was put into a cell for prisoners who needed protection, but even then she said she was assaulted by sex offenders.
She transferred to other prisons across the state and while she was assaulted at all of them, she said Boggo Road was the worst and most violent. Mary said she was forced into performing sexual acts more than times when she was serving her sentence, which was about four years long. When she arrived in jail, a prisoner cut her long locks into a crew cut. There was one other person in the prison however, who did understand Mary. She was also a transgender woman and too was targeted for sex.
Unlike Mary, this transgender woman was not able to live with what happened to her. Vicky Thompson was found dead in her cell at an all-male prison. Supplied She believes transgender women are raped because they look like females. Mary had breasts, but not gender reassignment surgery, and said men just wanted sex. She tells her story after a transgender woman in WA was put into a male prison in Perth earlier this year.
But this is something that happens all over the world. Just last year, transgender woman Tara Hudson spent a week in an all-male prison in Gloucestershire where she was tormented. She was moved to a female prison after people signed a petition. Also last year, transgender woman Vicky Thompson was found dead in an all-male jail in Armley.
Her lawyer was pushing to get her into a female prison as Thompson told friends she would kill herself if she had to serve her sentence in a male prison. Tara Hudson was sent to a female prison after a petition was circulated. Snapper Media Transgender advocate CeCe McDonald, who was jailed for defending herself against a group that hurled transphobic and racial slurs at her in , also served her sentence in a male prison.
You are serving a punishment for an error you made in your life. Many have been subjected to sexual assault and ill-treatment in detention, while others are held in indefinite solitary confinement. HumanRightsWatch March 28th