Cornered in the shower and assaulted: the torment of a prisoner with disabilities

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I was interviewing prisoners in a male prison in Western Australia, on a sweltering afternoon, when Coen (not his real name) walked in, in his faded green prison uniform.

For the first five minutes all he could say was, “It’s too shameful. I can’t tell you.”

Konc 1aCoen, an Aboriginal man in his early 20s with a cognitive disability, had only been in prison for a few months but he looked defeated.

With tears rolling down his cheeks he finally told me: “I was going to take a shower, when I saw three male prisoners. One of them ran toward me in his towel, while the other two held me down and…

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