More than 200,000 men are raped behind bars each year, according to the group Stop Prisoner Rape. Prison rape is a form of torture. Over half of the rapes in correctional facilities, including juvenile detention centers, are done by correctional officers. Some prisoners' rapes are done by inmates with the knowledge of correctional officers who do not render aid. Presently, the men, women, and children who are raped behind bars must request a complaint form from the friends and co-workers of their rapists, and it is delivered to administrators of the correctional institutions where the crimes occur. Oftentimes, no corrective action is taken, and prisoners may suffer retaliation for complaining.
The United States Department of Justice has a duty to protect institutionalized persons. Therefore, we the petitioners make the following human rights demands:
(1) We demand the immediate establishment of a toll-free federal hotline phone number that shall be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for prisoners throughout the United States to call and report sexual assaults.
(2) Each and every call to the Federal Rape Hotline for Prisoners shall be followed by an immediate federal investigation of the allegations and corrective action as prescribed by law.
(3) Inmates alleging that they were sexually assaulted by prison guards shall be immediately removed from the accused guards' access.
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Please sign and share the petition to help STOP PRISON RAPES by establishing a federal hotline number for sexually assaulted inmates to report their torture directly to the United States...
Please sign and share the petition to help STOP PRISON RAPES by establishing a federal hotline number for sexually assaulted inmates to report their torture directly to the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ). Men, women, and children endure sexual assaults in the nation's correctional institutions. Most prison rapes are done by correctional officers or by prisoners who sexually assault their fellow inmates with correctional officers' knowledge. Prisoners must be given a means to file complaints with officials outside of the correctional institutions where they were raped. The USDOJ has an obligation to protect institutionalized people in the USA. Therefore, the immediate establishment of a toll-free federal hotline phone number is warranted for reporting prison rapes. Nobody should have to report sexual assaults to the perpetrators or to the criminals' friends and co-workers.
Every prison rape must be investigated and prosecuted. Otherwise, prisoners are denied due process of law and rape will continue to be a "normal" prison experience. We make a human rights demand that inmates be given the opportunity to report rapes without fear of retaliation.
"Prison rape not only threatens the lives of those who fall prey to their aggressors, but it is potentially devastating to the human spirit. Shame, depression, and a shattering loss of self-esteem accompany the perpetual terror the victim thereafter must endure." ~U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Farmer v. Brennan