I n , Michele Infante was incarcerated for close to six months at the Century regional detention facility in Lynwood, California, a small city adjacent to Compton and Watts. Infante, now 58, says she was sexually assaulted and sexually abused by two different employees at Lynwood, as the jail is known locally. As she recalls, one day in late September , after Infante had been at Lynwood for around five months, a deputy walked to the door of her cell and told her to come with him. He led her to what looked like an unused classroom in an empty wing of the jail, she said, pushed her against the wall and raped her. Now an activist with the grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now , Infante has spent nearly every weekend for the past four years standing outside the main entrance to the Lynwood jail, talking to women just getting out about their experiences, how the deputies treated them, whether they were able to stay safe while locked up.
The California jail where women say guards and medics preyed on them
Words From Prison: Sexual Abuse in Prison | American Civil Liberties Union
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Sexual Violence in Women's Prisons and Jails: Results From Focus Group Interviews
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. Fewer still do anything to address the problem.
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