Crime

Transgender Women’s Rights Advocate Charged With Raping Her Wife

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A transgender woman and senior engineer at Twitter was charged with raping her wife the night after she served her with divorce papers.

Dana McCallum, 32, was arrested Jan. 26 and charged with three counts of spousal rape, one count of domestic violence and one count of false imprisonment.

McCallum, whose legal name is Dana Contreras, is a prominent women’s rights advocate. She has spoken out about inequality in the tech world and written extensively about gender transition.

On Jan 29, a protective order was issued against McCallum barring her from contacting or coming within 150 feet of her wife.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges and is out of jail on $350,000 bail.

Under the conditions of her release she must attend Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, according to court documents.

San Francisco police say that the state of California defines rape as penial on vaginal assault, and in order for rape to have occurred it would have to meet that criteria. However they have not released any details about the suspect’s or victim’s genitalia.

McCallum’s attorney, John Runfola, says the charges are just about money.

"I'm just disgusted that, you know, this is going on," Runfola said. "Dana is an employee [at Twitter] and is about to come into a large amount of money. ... This whole thing is about money."

He claims the couple was separated, but still having sexual relations. He says the alleged rape would have happened in their small condo, where four teenagers reside.

"No one heard 'rape' or fighting or anything," he said.

One of the teens claims he heard someone say “no” through a door.

Runfola said McCallum “is about to come into a large amount of money” as a senior engineer. Twitter went public in November.

Sources: Daily Mail, San Francisco Examiner