Fair Play for Women uncover new crime data

Fair Play for Women

Fair Play for Women has uncovered new data on sex crime patterns.

Fair Play for Women’s data shows that transwomen in England and Wales exhibit a similar pattern of criminality to men

Fair Play for Women has obtained data from the Ministry of Justice on the prison population in England and Wales. This data provides additional evidence that transwomen (who are biologically male) have a pattern of criminality similar to men.

Fair Play for Women explain:

“A new Freedom of Information request submitted by Fair Play For Women now reveals the same pattern is observed in data from 2019.  This time 81 out of the 163 transgender prisoners in England and Wales had at least one conviction for a sexual offence…

…The fact that half of male prisoners who identify as transgender have been sentenced for sexual crime is strong evidence that transwomen exhibit a high propensity to commit sexual crime similar to that observed for men. They do not exhibit a low propensity to commit sexual crime like that observed for women.

It appears that identifying as a woman does not reduce the risk that male people can pose to others. If identifying as a woman did reduce the propensity to commit sex crime to female levels we would have expected to see just 3 or 4 of transwomen in prison with sex crime convictions. Instead we see up to 76.”

Why does this matter?

Fair Play for Women explain that this information is relevant for policy makers considering rules around access to women’s spaces. Should access be based on a person’s sex, or on a person’s self-declared gender identity?

They go on to say:

“If a space is considered necessary in whole or in part to protect women from the physical or psychological impact of sexual crime (sexual assaults, voyeurism, triggering a survivor of sexual abuse) this means policy makers need to understand sex crime patterns.

It is well known that most sexual and violent crime is overwhelmingly committed by men and that’s why women and girls sometimes need their own safe space away from men. Not because all men pose a danger but because saying no to all men is a simple and effective way to keep women and girls safe.

MOJ Offender Management Statistics show that men and women have very different patterns of criminality; men have a higher propensity to commit sexual crimes. The difference between the two sexes is stark…

…we conclude that this analysis of official MOJ statistics provides good evidence that transwomen in prison exhibit a male pattern of criminality and do not exhibit a female pattern of criminality. Crime patterns correlate with birth sex and not gender identity. This supports the idea that, when a women-only space is needed to protect against the physical and psychological impact of sex crimes, access should be based on birth sex and not gender identity. All males should be excluded, including males who identity as women.”

Fair Play For Women Ltd is a campaigning and consultancy organisation. They work to protect the sex-based rights of women and girls in the UK. Their aim is to ensure everyone’s needs are fairly balanced and women and girls are not overlooked in good policy-making.

You can find the full report here: Transgender women exhibit a male-type pattern of criminality: Implications for legislators and policy makers.

See the Spanish translation of the report here: Las mujeres transgénero exhiben un patrón de criminalidad de tipo masculino

Read Karen Ingala Smith’s article: Why do we keep banging on about the importance of single-sex spaces for women who have been subjected to men’s violence?

Read WPUK’s Submission to the Labour Policy Forum: Justice and Home Affairs


16 December 2020

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