Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Hermaphrodite: Dione Kae-Tomaselli

Born as a male hermaphrodite who underwent a sex change operation in 1998 to be become a female, Dione Kaeo-Tomaselli sued the Hawaii Department of Public Safety for violating her civil rights. In 2009, Kaeo-Tomaselli was sentenced to 10 years in prison, for a crime that she (or he) wouldn’t specify. Upon the arrest, he was placed in a men’s prison where he was raped.  According to reports, “she (or he)  was sexually assaulted by an inmate during her first week in prison, and was being transferred to the Women's Community Correctional Center 2 months later, where she remains. Dione Kae-Tomaselli is seeking punitive damages for, “cruel and unusual punishment, gross negligence, deliberate indifference, sexual assault and battery and negligent infliction of emotional stress”.

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