A female prisoner is filing a legal challenge in the U.K. against a government policy after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by a male inmate who identifies as a transgender woman. The policy currently allows biological males who say they identify as women, including those who have been convicted of violent or sexual offenses against woman, to live in women’s prisons.
The prisoner, who remains unnamed, said in her challenge that her case is not the first like this.
“There has been at least one other high-profile case of a convicted sex offender being moved into the female prison estate on the basis of their gender self-identification, and that prisoner having gone on to sexually assault female prisoners,” the challenge says.
An investigation also revealed that some police forces in England and Wales record rapists as female if they say they identify as a woman, regardless of their biology.
“How gender is recorded is a matter for each individual force,” said the National Police Chief’s Council. “However, as a general rule we will accept the details that an individual provides us and treat them accordingly.”