In all of the UK’s constituent countries, rape is defined as penetration with a penis, ergo it can only be carried out by male persons. In spite of a wealth of evidence, the existence of trans identifying males who have used their penises to rape women and/or children is a fact that trans allies appear to be in complete denial about.

Concerns about such people being in women’s prisons are, in my experience, angrily dismissed by trans allies who display a callous disregard for the feelings not only of their victims but also of the unfortunate women who are forced to share their living spaces with them.

An inevitable consequence of making it easier to change one’s gender is that more convicted rapists will end up in women’s prisons. This is not “equating transgender people to rapists”; it is certainly not saying all or most or a large number or even a significant minority of male-born trans are criminals of any sort. It is, however, saying that some are. It may only be a tiny percentage but it is surely reason enough to take women’s fears about having to share   segregated spaces seriously.

News stories about crimes that don’t focus on imprisonment are on a separate page here.

A majority prisoners who apply to transition are sex offenders

In his written submission to the 2015 Parliamentary Transgender Enquiry, Dr James Barrett, Chair of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists refers to:

the ever-increasing tide of referrals of patients in prison serving long or indeterminate sentences for serious sexual offences. These vastly outnumber the number of prisoners incarcerated for more ordinary, non-sexual, offences. It has been rather naïvely suggested that nobody would seek to pretend transsexual status in prison if this were not actually the case. There are, to those of us who actually interview the prisoners, in fact very many reasons why people might pretend this. These vary from the opportunity to have trips out of prison through to a desire for a transfer to the female estate (to the same prison as a co-defendant) through to the idea that a parole board will perceive somebody who is female as being less dangerous through to a [false] belief that hormone treatment will actually render one less dangerous through to wanting a special or protected status within the prison system and even (in one very well evidenced case that a highly concerned Prison Governor brought particularly to my attention) a plethora of prison intelligence information suggesting that the driving force was a desire to make subsequent sexual offending very much easier, females being generally perceived as low risk in this regard.


Gender Identity Specialists warn of “ever increasing tide” of Transwoman Sex Offenders GenderTrender

Up to half of trans inmates may be sex offenders The Times 19.11.17


Video: David Davies, MP, questions the President of the Prison Governors Association on impact of males in women prisons

Stephen Wood aka Karen White

This transgender madness is now a danger to women Express 14.10.20

TRANSGENDER prisoner Stephen Wood – jailed for life this week for rape and sexual assault on two women at a female prison – highlights the danger of allowing men to use gender self-identification as a means to pursue their perverted acts. Calling himself Karen White, the brutal sexual predator had not even begun the process of gender reassignment and was still legally a man.


The cautionary tale of Karen White James Kirkup 11.10.18

“Karen White is a rapist and child abuser who has committed several acts of sexual violence against vulnerable people. One of the women Karen White raped was pregnant. Karen White is now going to spend a long time in jail.”


Karen White: how ‘manipulative’ transgender inmate attacked again Guardian 11.10.18

“Transgender politics – like any politics – can be divisive. Yet in the case of Karen White, who is legally still a man but was put in a female-only prison, both sides of the transgender rights debate are united in the belief mistakes were made.”


Ex-girlfriend of rapist who was sent to a female jail for GBH after claiming to be a woman – then sexually assaulted the inmates – says his gender change is a sham Daily Mail 15.09.18

“Having entered the UK prison system as a transgender woman, the odds were stacked in Karen White’s favour from the start.

No matter that aside from donning a padded bra, wig, dress and heels, the 52-year-old was still, anatomically and legally, a male — not to mention a convicted paedophile on remand for GBH and burglary.”


Scottish prison service rejects call for ‘transgender wings’ in jails The Herald 15.09.18

“Scottish prison chiefs have rejected the idea of holding transgender inmates on separate wings, after concerns were raised that their policy was putting other prisoners at risk. Campaigners have claimed that the current policy, under which Scottish prisons are advised to house male-bodied transgender inmates in women’s prisons, is “open to abuse”.”


If MPs can’t debate a rapist in a woman’s jail, politics has failed James Kirkup 14.09.18

“The story of transgender policy in Britain today is a story of political failure, where many people fail to do their job and speak openly about matters of clear public interest. Writing about it this year, I’ve grown accustomed to that failure, though no less angry about it.”


Sexual assaults in women’s prison reignite debate over transgender inmates Guardian 09.09.09

“A leading prison reformer has said prisoners who have committed violent offences against women should not be able to transfer to women’s prisons if they have not legally changed their gender, after it emerged that a transgender inmate had sexually assaulted fellow prisoners after transferring to a women’s prison.”


Transgender person accused of rape is remanded into female prison and sexually assaults inmates within days  Telegraph 06.07.18

“The prison service has apologised after a transgender inmate, charged with raping a woman, sexually assaulted four fellow inmates just days after being remanded into an all female jail.

Convicted paedophile Karen White, who was born Stephen Wood, was undergoing gender reassignment, but had not undergone full surgery, when she was accused of repeatedly raping a woman in 2016.”


Trans rapists are a danger in women’s jails Janice Turner 08.09.28

“I’d love to meet those who signed off this decision. What would they say to the four women who, within days of her transfer to New Hall prison in West Yorkshire, White had sexually assaulted? Confining a rapist in a women’s prison, among vulnerable inmates including rape victims, is like locking a fox in a henhouse. Yet they merely followed government guidelines “that prisoners should generally be housed in the estate that matches their expressed gender”.”


Why was a transgender rapist put in a women’s prison? James Kirkup 07.09.18

“If you were deciding where to house a convicted sex offender accused of repeatedly raping a woman, where’s the last place on earth you would put that person? How about a building full of vulnerable women, many of whom had previously suffered sexual assault and abuse? A building locked and secured so that those women could not get out and could not get away from that convicted sex offender?”


Are female prisoners at risk from transgender inmates? James Kirkup 20.7.18

“We have women’s prisons for the same reason we have women’s toilets, women’s refuges, women’s changing rooms, women’s hostels – to keep women safe from those male-bodied people who might do them harm. To keep women safe from people with penises who might use those penises to do things to women that women do not want to happen.”


Martin Ponting

Josh Jackman of Pink News wrote a typically silly piece and managed to surpass even himself with the sheer insanity of his tweet about the rapist of two underage girls, Martin Ponting. Ponting received a life sentence for the rapes back in 1995. Some ten years or so into his sentence he wrote, “I have changed my name to that of a female to prove to the authorities and everyone concerned that I am very serious about my gender and that I do not feel right being a man.” He reportedly had £10,000 worth of surgery on the NHS and, under his new name of Jessica Winfield, he was transferred to a women’s prison early in 2017, to the horror of his victims, one of whom commented,

There are not enough words to describe him and the evil he has done. It is diabolical they have allowed him to have a sex change and diabolical that he could be freed this year. He may have changed physically but his brain is still the same.

A rapist in a women’s prison? Society has lost the plot Brendan O’Neill 11.09.18

“Let’s be clear: it is wrong and cruel to make female prisoners live with a rapist. Whatever their crimes, women prisoners have a right to expect the utmost safety. These women should not be made to share their living quarters with someone serving a life sentence for committing serious crimes against young women.”

Links to other news stories, articles and blogs

Outrage as transgender child groomer who is ‘legally female’ is put in women’s jail leaving inmates terrified Mail 18.09.18

“A transgender paedophile has been moved to a women’s prison despite her history of grooming underage girls. Female inmates are said to be ‘terrified’ of the appearance of Michelle Lewin, 51, at HMP Peterborough, after she was given legal certification of being female.”


Who’s Been Bullying our Prisons? Helen Saxby 12.09.18

“So who bullied the prisons into accepting a male rapist into a female prison based on his ‘gender identity’ rather than his sex?”


Transgender prisoners Centre for Crime and Justice Studies 11.09.18

“It concerns me greatly that we appear to have reached a position where male-bodied prisoners can gain transfer to a women’s prison on the basis of assertions about their gender identity. While some transgender prisoners will no doubt sincerely hold beliefs about their gender identity, the system is obviously open to abuse.”


Is the BBC scared of the transgender debate? James Kirkup 20.7.18

“I like the BBC. I like the idea of a national broadcaster and I like a lot of BBC output. I admire many BBC journalists – the Corporation employs some of the very best. I am not a Beeb-basher, not least since so many of the people who bang on relentlessly about the BBC’s supposed biases are stupid or horrible or both. I say these things because for all my affection for it, this is an article about an area where the BBC is sometimes getting things wrong. Some recent BBC coverage of transgender issues fails to meet the usual standards of its journalism. Those failings, in turn, raise some wider questions for the BBC on this topic.”

How many transgender inmates are there? BBC News online 13.8.18 See directly above for James Kirkup’s criticisms of this article. 

“It said that 60 of the 125 transgender inmates it counted in England and Wales were serving time for a sexual offence…Of the 60 serving time for sexual offences:

  • 27 were convicted of rape (plus a further five of attempted rape)
  • 13 were convicted of possessing, distributing or making indecent images of children
  • 13 were convicted of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault
  • Nine were convicted of causing or inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity
  • Seven were convicted of sexual activity with a child
  • Seven were convicted of indecent assault or gross indecency

Those numbers add up to more than 60 because some prisoners are serving time for more than one offence.”


Governors of UK women’s prisons fear vulnerable inmates could be attacked by transgender prisoners who were convicted as men  Mail 02.06.18

Row as transgender prisoner living as woman wins jail’s Miss Fitness competition by ‘country mile’  Mirror 14.02.18

Transgender killers split up by prison chiefs after groping antics at high security jail Daily Record 07.05.18

Prison news stories from overseas

Canada’s prison system overhauls transgender inmate policy CBC News 31.01.18

Transgender bathroom battle smolders in Fort Worth federal prison Star-Telegram 22.02.17


Updated: 14.10.18