After imposing new legislation in California, women in prison are forced to share cells with transsexual men. According to serious allegations that surfaced this week, situations of sexual abuse are being detected that have resulted in at least one pregnancy and “perhaps many more.”
Female inmates in California’s prison system say they have become prey to men since transgender men have begun entering women’s penitentiaries following the implementation of SB 132. It states that all “transgender, non-binary or intersex” individuals must be “treated in a manner consistent with the gender identity of the incarcerated individual” and “housed in a designated male or female correctional facility based on the individual’s preference.”
A group called Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), which advocates for women’s rights in California, recently indicated in a Twitter message that “one woman, possibly more, is now pregnant after being housed with a male felon who was transferred to the women’s prison under SB132.”
In mid-July, WoLF had already noted that women incarcerated in California’s largest women’s prison describe conditions as “the worst nightmare of a nightmare” following the introduction of new transgender inmates.
So much so that prison authorities introduced condoms and abortion pills into the women’s penitentiary, taking for granted the possibility of sexual relations, which may not even be consensual.
According to the women’s association, posters have also appeared stating that women have the right to “contraceptive counseling and their choice of contraceptive methods by an authorized health care provider.”
However, WoLF says, the only methods available to incarcerated women to prevent pregnancy are condoms, which appeared shortly after men, and emergency contraceptives indicated for post-sex emergencies.
At a recent delegate meeting at the Central California Women’s Center, one woman read a statement imploring prison staff for help. She said correctional officers ignored her fears of having to share close quarters with a serial rapist.
“How do we feel safe in our community? When we reach out for help we get nothing. … There has been an assault on a woman and we still are silenced. We have had our hope taken away once again. Does anyone care that we are being forced to house with 6’2, 250-pound men with penises that are here for brutally raping women?”
Under this new legislation, called the Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act, prison authorities must ask inmates during the intake process how they identify sexually and then define the type of prison they should be sent to. At no point may they deny the possibility of sending an inmate to a women’s prison if that is how they are self-perceived.
The legislation also requires officers to address transgender inmates by the pronouns of their choice; otherwise, they could be charged with discrimination.
The LA Times claims that several inmates applied to be transferred to a women’s prison “under false pretenses.”
Since Jan. 1, 2021, when the controversial legislation went into effect, some 300 inmates in California have officially requested to be transferred to a women’s prison because that is how they say they perceive themselves, even though their biological sex is male.