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Transgender woman 'tried to remove scrotum' after being refused treatment

A female prisoner in an all-male prison has attempted self-harm and suicide on several occasions, according to a British MP.

Labour MP Cat Smith
Labour MP Cat Smith

A TRANSGENDER WOMAN being held in an all-male prison in the UK allegedly attempted to surgically remove her scrotum after being denied treatment.

Labour MP Cat Smith told the House of Commons on Tuesday that the unnamed woman had been sexually assaulted during her detention and remains “very vulnerable” after being refused access to hormones.

“She is a very vulnerable prisoner, with recorded serious attempts of self-harm, and attempts at suicide,” Smith said.

She began the transition process in 2008, and formalised her intention to remain living as a woman for the remainder of her lifetime in 2012.


The MP quoted the woman as saying in a letter: “There is no knowledge of how suicidal I am because they don’t care what impact their choices have on me physically and psychologically.

I’m totally destroyed – not the woman I was. I feel I will kill myself soon. I cannot do this now. Please will you help me?

Smith said the prisoner had resorted to “injecting bleach into her testicles and attempting self-surgery to remove her scrotum”.

UK police last month launched an investigation after a transgender woman was found dead in an all-male prison.

Vicky Thompson, 21, who was being held at Armley prison in Leeds, had reportedly told friends she would kill herself if she was sent there.

Read: Investigation after transgender woman found dead in all-male prison

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