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To: Australia's Ministers for Corrections

Marjorie's Law: Better Protection for Transgender People in Prisons

Marjorie's Law: Better Protection for Transgender People in Prisons

Across Australia, transgender people are being misgendered and incorrectly housed in prison. Transgender people are not being afforded safety in prison and as a result, are being sexually and physically assaulted and killed.

Marjorie's Law advocates for:
- transgender people to be treated without discrimination in Australia's prison services;
- correctional staff to be provided with training relating to LGBTQIA+ people;
- prison policies to be adhered to which allow transgender people to be housed according to their gender identity.

Why is this important?

TW: Sexual assault & R*pe.

Marjorie's Law is a campaign for better recognition and protection of transgender people in Australia's prison services.

In July 2017, Marjorie Harwood, a transgender woman, was brutally raped by five men in Risdon Prison, Tasmania. The severity of the assault saw her hospitalised and needing to use a colostomy bag. In 2018, Marjorie was hospitalised again for a kidney-related illness. With a period of custody in Risdon looming, she refused medical treatment and accepted death rather than going back to prison where she knew she would be beaten and sexually assaulted again. Marjorie identified as a woman, prison staff referred to her with female pronouns, yet she was not placed in the female prison where she would have been able to safely serve her prison sentence.

Transgender prisoners deserve to serve their sentences safe from abuse and assault. It is time for change so no one has to go through what Marjorie faced.


Reasons for signing

  • Because this is disgusting she shouldn't have had to go through this!! Where were the guards when this was happening ??? I literally feel so enraged !!!! I'd love nothing more than to give these pieces of sh** a taste of their own medicine !!!!!!!!!!
  • I am mum to a trasgender son, we need to protect our children, no matter how old they are. Marjorie was a beautiful person.
  • When something like this is brought to your attention you act or become a part of the problem.

Updates

2021-07-31 11:40:41 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2021-03-09 09:13:15 +1100

500 signatures reached

2021-01-11 14:40:04 +1100

100 signatures reached

2021-01-11 11:02:45 +1100

50 signatures reached

2021-01-11 09:06:30 +1100

25 signatures reached

2021-01-11 08:24:38 +1100

10 signatures reached