01/20/11-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
The news out of Texas is if a man rapes a ‘tranny’, he gets a slap on the wrist while his victim gets a life time of pain and suffering. Craig Nash received a year in jail on a misdemeanor charge of “official oppression” despite the fact that he arrested a transsexual prostitute in San Antonio, handcuffed her, drove to a hidden location, and forced her to perform several sex acts while he was on duty. Her story was confirmed by a rape kit that showed that Nash had raped her, and the GPS device in his patrol car showed that he had driven to that location. What is more, another victim had come forward to tell that she, too, had been raped by Nash.
Prosecutors cut a deal with Nash that he would avoid any and all felony charges of sexual assault by a police officer, and dropped all charges brought by the second victim so long as he pled guilty to this one misdemeanor charge and he agreed never to work in law enforcement in Texas again. His lawyers portrayed him as an honored police officer who ‘had a lot of heroic acts’ and that he was a good father with six children. Of course, a good man would never rape two women, transsexual or not. Prosecutors also felt that they should not pursue the felony charges because they would have had ‘additional issues’ to deal with- namely the anti-trans prejudices of the community who would probably feel that it was alright to rape two ‘trannies’ because, after all, as far as the community- and the prosecutors- cared, they are subhuman perverts.
Because of the lack of healthcare and the lack of employment protection across the country, many transwomen turn to prostitution in order to simply survive and to transition. Often times, this puts their lives at risk not only of catching venereal diseases, but also of being beaten or murdered due to prejudiced men who pick them up.
Note: I am well aware of the perjorative connotations of the words ‘tranny’ and ‘trannies’. I am making a point here about how transpeople are viewed by the likes of Nash and these prosecutors- simply put, as far as they are concerned- transpeople are not humans and this infuriates me.