Make a difference: Speak out against sexual assault behind bars

Make a difference: Speak out against
sexual assault behind bars

The Task Force is part of a coalition organized by Just Detention International supporting recently finalized rules on prison rape prevention. Prisoner rape devastates more than 100,000 victims each year – many of them LGBT inmates, who are disproportionately targeted for abuse.

On March 10, 2010, the Department of Justice opened a 60-day public comment period on national standards addressing sexual violence in detention. Released last June by a bipartisan federal commission, these common-sense measures have the potential to help end sexual abuse of inmates. But the standards are opposed by some powerful corrections leaders. These officials argue that it is too expensive to stop prisoner rape, and they seem to have a great deal of influence over the Department of Justice.

Send a letter to the attorney general urging him to enact strong standards to end sexual abuse behind bars. Your message will be entered into the official record as a public comment. The comment period closes on May 10.