Ashley Diamond is suing the Georgia Division of Corrections after struggling a number of sexual assaults whereas being housed in a males’s jail (Image: Robin Henson/Southern Poverty Regulation Middle)
A transgender girl says she suffered 14 sexual assaults after being made to serve out a jail time period at a males’s jail. Ashley Diamond, 42, says the abuse included 4 intercourse assaults over three days by a number of males, and sexual harassment meted out by an abusive jail employee.
Diamond, who’s now suing the Georgia Division of Corrections (GDC) for a second time, informed of how one officer known as a dormitory-wide assembly at a males’s maximum-security jail she was being transferred to. That employee is alleged to have disclosed Diamond’s non-public medical data, and described her as ‘a freak’, ‘he’ and ‘it.’
Diamond says she was then assaulted shortly after arriving at that jail, and in addition claims to have suffered two straight days of sexual harassment by a employee who locked her in his workplace two days in a row.
The trans rights campaigner mentioned: ‘Being a lady in a males’s jail is a nightmare. I’ve been stripped of my id. I by no means really feel protected. By no means. I expertise sexual harassment every day, and the concern of sexual assault is all the time a looming thought.
Diamond says the abuse she suffered gave her PTSD, and led her to try suicide (Image: WABE)
‘I’m bringing this lawsuit to result in change on behalf of a group that deserves the inherent dignity to easily exist.’
Diamond efficiently sued the GDC and US Division of Justice in 2015 after a earlier spell in a males’s jail.
That led to modifications in coverage on housing trans inmates. However Diamond says these had not been enacted by the point she was re-incarcerated for a parole violation associated to a non-violent offense in 2019.
Her second lawsuit alleges that the GDC violated her Constitutional rights by failing to guard her from sexual assault, and knowingly put her in a harmful state of affairs.
Diamond is combating the case with Beth Littrell, a senior legal professional with the Southern Poverty Regulation Middle.
She informed Atlanta Daily World that her spells in males’s prisons have ‘devastated’ her psychological well being, given her PTSD and let her to try suicide.
However Diamond has vowed to result in systematic modifications for different trans prisoners like her, saying: ‘My hope is that the long run is brighter for folks like me.
‘I hope this lawsuit endlessly modifications the way in which transgender folks in Georgia are handled. This battle is not only my battle, it’s our battle.’
Steering on whether or not trans prisoners will be put in a facility that aligns with their gender id varies from state to state.
In the meantime, 2020 is on track to be the deadliest yr for trans folks in recorded historical past, with 36 violently killed this yr to this point.
Black transgender girls are on the highest threat of violent assaults or homicide.
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