Mom says she was 'locked up for seven hours' after referring to a trans woman as a man on Twitter
A woman who allegedly participated in a long campaign of transphobic harassment has been arrested by police and jailed for seven hours. However, the woman in question, Kate Scottow, (who hails from Hitchin in Hertfordshire, England) claims that she was arrested after misgendering someone once, and claims that the police have not returned her mobile phone or laptop after two months.
"I was arrested in my home by three officers, with my autistic ten-year-old daughter and breastfed 20-month-old son present," stated Scottow. "I was then detained for seven hours in a cell with no sanitary products (which I said I needed) before being interviewed then later released under investigation ... I was arrested for harassment and malicious communications because I called someone out and misgendered them on Twitter."
Stephanie Hayden, a transgender woman and activist, reported Scottow for 'deadnaming,' using a transgender person's former name from before they transitioned. When people 'deadname,' they disrespect a transgender person's new identity, risk outing them to others without their consent, and frequently subject that person to painful harassment and discrimination.
Hayden claims Scottow, 38, ran a "campaign of targeted harassment," using two Twitter accounts under two different names. According to court documents, she tweeted "defamatory" posts calling Hayden "male, racist, xenophobic and a crook." "The subject of the injunction is alleged to have disclosed private financial and medical information about me on social media channels including one set up for the sole purpose of harassing me for being transgender," stated Hayden.
After Scottow was arrested, she had her photograph, DNA and fingerprints taken. The deputy judge then served her with an injunction banning her from posting personal information about Hayden on social media. The court order also prevents her from referring to Hayden as a man, or calling her by her former male identity. The Hertfordshire Police stated, "We take all reports of malicious communication seriously."