Julie Bindel Julie Bindel

No man should ever be sent to a women’s prison again

[Alamy]

It’s interesting, the way that laws and policy can change seemingly out of the blue.

In April last year, following a massive outcry from feminists and others concerned about trivial matters such as the safety and wellbeing of incarcerated women, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) released a press statement about changes to the policy on transgender prisoners, which was presumably in response to public disquiet about the creeping invasion of extreme transgender ideology into state agencies.  

Prisons are full of women who have been sexually assaulted and raised in homes with domestic violence, sexual abuse and neglect. The current conviction rate for reported rapes is currently less than 1 per cent in England and Wales. Shockingly, it is more likely that the victim of a rape will end up in prison as a result of the trauma inflicted upon her than that the rapist will end up in prison as a result of the rape he committed. 

When we look at the likes of prolific sex offender Karen White, we should be clear that men, however they decide to identify, have absolutely no place in women’s prisons. After being incarcerated, White, a trans-identified male, went on to further abuse women. Liberal media outlets used the phrase ‘her penis’ to describe White prancing around communal prison areas, terrifying women out of their wits by exposing his genitalia. This is not about modesty: it is about women knowing fine well that flashing is a threat of worse to come.  

Anyway, as a result of White’s situation, the Justice Secretary promised that by October 2022 ‘transgender women with male genitalia, OR those who have been convicted of a sexual offence, should no longer be held in the general women’s estate.’ 

But those of us who have been campaigning against the inclusion of men in women’s prisons are not stupid.

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