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Lawsuit: Male Rikers Island Inmate Identifying as a Woman Raped Female Prisoner

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A lawsuit alleges that a male inmate at Rikers Island, who identified as a woman, raped a female prisoner and made explicit comments about being there to have sex.

The lawsuit claims that the Department of Correction staff ignored repeated complaints from the victim.

The plaintiff, identified as Rose Doe, reported being sexually propositioned, groped, and raped by the male inmate, with correction staff failing to take appropriate action.

According to the lawsuit, “The perpetrator informed [a transgender inmate] that he was not transgender, or gay, but that he was just there ‘to get p—y.’”

The lawsuit continues, “Defendant Cruz told Plaintiff and the other female inmates in no uncertain terms that she did not care what happened to them, saying, ‘I don’t give a f—.’”

The plaintiff alleges that she “was sleeping in her bed, the Perpetrator took the opportunity to sexually assault [Doe] again — pull[ing] down her pants while she was sleeping and begin[ing] to rape her.”

The lawsuit also alleges that the perpetrator was “instructed to claim that he was transgender by DOC staff so that he could stay in the female dorm where he would have access to female inmates.”

The lawsuit also suggests that the male prisoner may have been instructed to claim transgender identity to access the female dorm, and that he had multiple open claims of sexual assault prior to being transferred.

The plaintiff’s attorney, Nicholas Liakas, said, “We have some accounts from inside the prison that, as the [transfer] request was being made — the [DOC] officer said something along the lines of ‘If you want to go into the women’s facility, all you have to do is say you’re trans[gender].’”

“She very well may be sent to prison. She’s afraid that if her name gets out there, there will be retaliation in the prison system,” he continued.

“This is more so a matter of safety and the fact that someone can use this hot button issue as essentially a loophole to gain access to women inside of Rikers,” added the attorney.

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