Cruel and unusual punishment: Inmate reveals sexual harassment and abuse in California prisons

WASHINGTON – Today, Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) announced the publication of the humiliating story of a California prisoner in the sixth episode of its exclusive documentary series, Cruel and unusual punishment: men taking over women’s prisons. Dana Gray, a current inmate at a Central California women’s facility, tells IWF her story of experiencing verbal abuse and sexual harassment after sharing a prison room with a completely intact male inmate.

In 2021, California passed SB 132, known as the Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act, allowing intact men to be placed in women-only prisons simply by declaring a gender other than male.

Dana Gray has stated that men arriving at the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) since the passage of SB 132 are clearly abusing a law put in place by politicians who dismissed the safety and well-being of female inmates in order to appease the gender ideology movement. . Gray said; “Most of them don’t wear makeup. They are heterosexual men and they are men in women’s disguise – – so to speak.

Gray said she was “too old to hold back.” Gray, a 66-year-old convicted murderer, wants to speak out on behalf of all incarcerated women suffering in silence as a result of SB 132. Many incarcerated women are afraid to speak out about the presence of men in women’s prisons for fear of retaliation and the possibility of their being impacted. ability to release. Unfortunately, Gray’s story was not an isolated case and highlights the harmful impact of California’s gender self-identification law because it is “very degrading to women” and gives inmates “more rights” than women.

Click HERE to watch Dana Gray’s story.

– said IWF storytelling manager and series co-producer Andrea Mew“As a serial killer, Dana Gray’s terrible crimes should not be taken lightly. However, this does not invalidate her experience of sexual harassment by a male inmate who identifies as a transgender woman. No one deserves to be a victim of sexual harassment. If someone of her repute boldly raises the alarm now, it means there is cause for serious concern for the safety of all women prisoners.”

Watch Dana Gray’s story here.


As more states admit men who identify as women into women’s prisons, few realize the harmful effects of this phenomenon. Women who have experienced trauma and domestic violence are forced to share their most private and intimate spaces with intact men – many of whom are brutal, sexual predators serving time for heinous crimes.

Allowing male criminals to remain in women’s prisons is dangerous and unfair. Simply put, this is cruel and unusual punishment. These stories are testimony to why biological sex matters, especially in institutional settings. Incarcerated women need and deserve women-only spaces. Anything less is a violation of their most basic human rights.

The abolition of same-sex prisons harms the women incarcerated there.

In this documentary miniseries, IWF brings to light the voices that detail the untold, gruesome story of what happens to female prisoners behind closed doors. As more prison systems allow men to declare themselves as “women” and choose to be placed in women’s facilities, the voices of those most affected by this situation deserve to be heard.

Watch Cruel and unusual punishment: men taking over women’s prisons trailer HERE. Each episode of this IWF-produced, 5- to 10-minute ongoing short-form documentary series will air separately in the coming weeks, and the episodes will be available to the public for free on YouTube.

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