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This review investigated the treatment of women in Queensland prisons on the basis of gender, race and disability, primarily in response to submissions received by the Commission from Sisters Inside (an advocacy group for women prisoners). The report makes several recommendations and suggests that some women prisoners could make a case that they have suffered discrimination on the basis of their gender and on the basis of mental health issues. This review investigated the treatment of women in Queensland prisons on the basis of gender, race and disability, primarily in response to submissions received by the Commission from Sisters Inside (an advocacy group for women prisoners). Of particular interest to those in the sexual assault field is Section 7 of the report, relating to the strip-searching of women prisoners. The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADQC) expressed concern at the intrusive and humiliating nature of strip-searching, especially for highly traumatised women who have experienced sexual assault or child sexual abuse. The report makes several recommendations and suggests that some women prisoners could make a case that they have suffered discrimination on the basis of their gender and on the basis of mental health issues.

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2007
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