The DOJ report tells stories of women who were forced into indignities such as being forced to perform oral sex or having to serve as the lookout for their assailant as they were being raped. The United States is witnessing an explosion in prison rape reports by women. In Missouri, no fewer than five federal lawsuits have been filed against the Chillicothe Correctional Center by incarcerated women; at least nine women have accused one therapist of sexual abuse. Eight suits are pending against Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and the Oregon Department of Corrections for one nurse who allegedly abused, raped or sodomized more than 15 women while he worked there.
She stepped backward in her cell toward the door, where Correctional Officer Israel Trevino waited with waist restraints. That inmate said Trevino squeezed her buttocks over her clothing while escorting her and tried to get her to expose her breasts and vagina. Trevino was investigated after an inmate complained about the groping to her prison social worker, who reported the allegation. Prison officials fired Trevino in for sexual misconduct. Prison system spokeswoman Dana Simas responded in a written statement that officials moved to protect incarcerated women when the allegations surfaced. The department fired at least six male correctional officers for sexually abusing women in their custody between and , according to internal records released to KQED under a new state transparency law and court filings.
Sexual Violence in Women’s Prisons Reaches “Constitutional Proportions.” Will Lawmakers Step In?
Our findings indicate that being a woman prisoner in U. If you are sexually abused, you cannot escape from your abuser. Grievance or investigatory procedures, where they exist, are often ineffectual, and correctional employees continue to engage in abuse because they believe they will rarely be held accountable, administratively or criminally. Few people outside the prison walls know what is going on or care if they do know.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. Dorothy was convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to life in prison after enduring years of severe mental and physical abuse throughout their marriage. Growing up, Dorothy had never thought she would be in prison, but she also had never thought she would be the victim of the terrible violence inflicted by her husband.