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Prisoner Rape: A National Health and Human Rights Crisis  

Author:  Lovisa  Stannow.

Source: Volume 06, Number 03, March/April 2005 , pp.33-36(4)

Correctional Health Care Report

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When Roderick Johnson, an openly gay, nonviolent offender, entered the Texas prison system he made a request. Knowing that gay prisoners live in constant danger of sexual violence in this nation’s prisons and jails, he asked to be placed in a unit reserved for vulnerable individuals. His request was rejected, with the chair of the Classification Committee allegedly stating, “We don’t protect punks on this farm.” Within days of being placed in the general prison population, Roderick was raped. He subsequently endured 18 months of sexual slavery and assaults.He appealed to prison administrators for protection seven times. Each appeal wasdenied.

Keywords: Prison Rape Elimination Act, turned out, impregnated, HIV, PTSD, Safe Justice Center

Affiliations:  1: Stop Prisoner Rape.

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