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Darren Sheridan was just 19 years old when he was kidnapped, tortured, and left to die by a man named Alan Baker — who now identifies as Sarah Jane Baker, a radical trans activist.
Baker drew numerous headlines after a recent speech calling for violence against biological women — and Sheridan, now 52 years old, recently spoke out about the trauma he suffered at the hands of Baker and two other men, one of whom was Baker’s brother.
“I was gonna come here and be really fluffy and be really nice and say yeah be really lovely and queer and gay,” Baker said at a recent PRIDE event. “Nah, if you see a TERF, punch them in the f****** face.”
TERF — a derogatory acronym for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist — is liberally applied by the trans community, and used to label any woman who does not automatically accept or celebrate the inclusion of biological males in women’s spaces.
Sheridan responded to the headlines, saying, “‘I think it is extreme to have those kind of views. I know she has anger issues but there’s still no right to say ‘punch somebody in the face.'”
“I think if people disagree with other people about issues it’s much better to have a debate about it then threaten people. By telling the crowd to punch a TERF, she clearly still has anger issues and is a dangerous, violent person,'” Sheridan continued.
Sheridan told The Daily Mail about what he suffered at Baker’s hands, noting that even after the case went to court and Baker had admitted to committing the crime, the only regret Baker had was “not being able to break” Sheridan.
“I was forcibly taken at knifepoint to a van and bundled into the back. I couldn’t see what was going on as I was face down and there were no windows. I was beaten in the van. I think there were two of them doing it,” Sheridan said. “I had no idea where I was going. They took me to a flat and led me inside where I was beaten and tortured for 12 hours.”
“They were punching me and burning me with cigarettes. They were stubbing them out on my neck and I still have the scars from that to this day. I was forced to perform oral sex on them at knifepoint,” Sheridan continued, adding that his captors had talked openly about how they might kill him.
“I was made to eat cigarette butts and curry powder,” he said. “It was such a sustained attack I became numb to the pain. The last thing I remember was being tied up with electricity wire and dumped in an airing cupboard. They carried me in and just left me there. It was dark and silent. I couldn’t hear anything.”
“The wire was tied around my feet, my hands and my neck in such a way that if I moved it tightened around my neck,” Sheridan said, explaining that he eventually stopped trying to get free out of fear that he would strangle himself. “I was helpless and I blacked out.”
After years of therapy, Sheridan says he’s put most of the experience behind him — but he did hear that Baker had gone through a gender transition while in prison.
“I’m surprised that he is doing so much for the trans community. I’m surprised that he would put other people before him,” Sheridan said of Baker’s newfound activism. “I don’t get much involved in politics and stuff like that. I try to keep away from it.”