Stop Transgender Woman Tara Hudson From Being Sent To An All-Male Prison in Bristol

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October 29, 2015 by socialaction2014

We have launched this petition with the go-ahead of Jackie, Tara’s mother.Overview:

Tara
Hudson, a 26-year old transgender woman from Bath who has lived as a
woman for her whole adult life and has undergone six years of gender
reconstruction surgery, has been sent to an all-male prison.
In
an era of unprecedented victories for LGBT rights, people like Tara
Hudson are still paying a high price at the hands of an outdated and
outmoded judicial system, simply for being who they are.
We
call upon Bath magistrates and the British judicial system as a whole,
to immediately address the dangers Ms Hudson is facing, and amend her
sentence that she may spend it in an all-woman’s prison instead.
Petition:
We,
the undersigned, stand with Tara and her family and believe that this
decision is in breach of her Human Rights, and places her in extreme
danger of abuse, sexual violence, and even death.
We believe
that Tara’s situation is one which must be addressed immediately, and
refer to the following focus points which mean she is at severe risk of
both physical and mental harm:
She has undergone 6 years of
reconstructive surgeryShe has lived her entire adult life as a womanShe
has been medically declared a woman by her doctorShe has received
hormone treatmentShe has received treatment for depressionShe has
utilised care services from a social workerShe is being sent to a prison
where HM Inspectorate of Prisons, when they carried out an inspection
last year, said levels of violence had risen since their last visit and
“were now considerably higher than in similar prisons”. The inspectors
also reported that “not enough was being done to protect some vulnerable
prisoners”. Trans campaigners estimate that there are between 20
and 30 trans individuals in UK prisons at any time, and that they are
some of the most at-risk members of the incarceration system. In fact,
transgender women in male prisons are 13 times more likely to be
sexually assaulted than in the general population, with 59 percent
reporting sexual assaults, according to a frequently cited US study.
According
to Amnesty International, globally, LGBT prisoners and those perceived
to be LGBT, are at risk of torture, ill-treatment and violence from
other inmates as well as prison officials.
Trans people are
also at a much higher risk of mental health issues than the rest of the
populace. In 2014, a survey found that 48% of trans people under 26 said
they had attempted suicide, and 30% said they had done so in the past
year, while 59% said they had at least considered doing so. By
comparison, about 6% of all 16- to 24-year-olds say they have attempted
suicide, according to the Adult Psychiatry Morbidity Survey.
We
call upon Bath magistrates and the British judicial system as a whole,
to immediately address the dangers Ms Hudson is facing, and amend her
sentence that she may spend it in an all-woman’s prison instead.
https://www.change.org/p/bath-magistrates-prison-govenor-of-hm-prison-bristol-british-judicial-system-stop-transgender-woman-tara-hudson-from-being-sent-to-an-all-male-prison-in-bristol?recruiter=431964&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

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