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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The forgotten voices of #metoo: Prison rape in America - perpetrated by both inmates and staff - remains pervasive and under-reported 15 years after the passage of a law intended to end crisis

It started the first night Joe Booth was placed with his new cellmate at the Richard Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.

'He grabbed my ankle and pulled me off the bed … He had a weapon that was manufactured out of a piece of metal that he had gotten,' Booth told 'I had struggled, but when he put that next to my throat – that was the end of my fight.'

He was repeatedly and violently raped over four days by his cellmate, who was serving a 72-year sentence for raping, sodomizing and transmitting HIV or AIDS to a teenage girl. According to a federal lawsuit he filed against the prison warden, Booth sought help from seven different staff members, including a counselor.

None intervened on his behalf.



Anonymous said...

I used to work at Wicomico County Jail, and in the women's section. I can tell you back in the day it was normal to see male guards having sex or getting a service from female inmates. Especially the ones that were taken out for a work detail. They used their bodies as bargaining tools for cigarettes, snacks, money deposited into their commissary accounts.

Anonymous said...

Stay out of jail, then one doesn't have to worry about all the bad things!