The U.K.’s Labour Party women’s officer has been met with fire for tweeting that allegations surrounding a transgender inmate’s attack on four other prisoners is “transmisogynistic fear mongering.”
“Make no mistake – this is transmisogynistic fear mongering,” Lily Madigan, a member of the British Labour Party and a Constituency Labour Party women’s officer, tweeted Wednesday. Madigan is biologically male but identifies as a woman, and is the first transgender person to hold the position. He was elected in November 2017.
“About 80,000 people are sexually assaulted every year in prison,” Madigan also tweeted. Roughly 80,000 prisoners are assaulted in U.S. prisons, not U.K. prisons. There are roughly 13,800 male sex-offender inmates in England and Wales, according to a House of Commons 2017 report.
His tweets come after a biologically male transgender prisoner allegedly attacked four women at a U.K. prison. The criminal arrived at the U.K.’s New Hall prison in Wakefield and assaulted a woman less than a week into his sentence. The man has been living as a woman for two years but has not undergone gender reassignment surgery. (RELATED: Transgender Prisoner Assaults Four Women Days After He Was Jailed)
“You are an utter embarrassment to Labour,” Steven Regan, one of the U.K.’s most senior entertainment buyers, told Madigan, The Sun reported Friday.
Others were unhappy with Madigan’s tweet about the assaults.
I don’t know or care who this is. What I do care about is that my comments aren’t twisted. I’m a victim of sexual assault. All sexual assault should be taken seriously. Sexual assault shouldn’t only make the front page news because it is committed by a trans woman. pic.twitter.com/TmfYtBUFkL
— Lily Madigan (@madigan_lily) July 19, 2018
— Felipe Flores (@FelipeFIoresV) July 11, 2018
“If you think the tweet was ‘repulsive’ – I’m confident in the fact that you think as much because you are transmisogynistic. That’s all I have to say on the matter,” Madigan tweeted Friday in response to the backlash he received for his Wednesday comments.
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