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Stand Up Against Sexual Assault in Prisons

Steve Wagner

The incident of a Morgan County Jail corrections officer being charged with misusing his authority to sexually harass the female inmates brings to light the much larger issue of sexual assault in all American jails.

Sexual assault and rape are common occurrences in prisons, yet most people do not report these instances out of fear, shame, or lack of opportunity to do so. A 2008-2009 survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics reveals 2.8% of state and federal prisoners and 2% of jail prisoners suffer from at least one incident of sexual victimization at the hands of a corrections employee. This amounts to 57,000 incidents of sexual victimization a year. This doesn’t even include the instances of sexual violence between inmates.

If you or your loved ones have suffered a similar experience in jail, where people have misused their authority to commit sexual assault, do not hesitate to take action. Standing up to authorities who misuse their power is the only way to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

However, establishing guilt in these cases is often extremely difficult.

The corrections officer in question at the Morgan County Jail is facing charges of sexual battery, official misconduct and theft, but he has pleaded not-guilty to all of these charges. Prosecuting this man will take the talent and skill of a professional, someone who has experience in investigating situations and trying cases similar to this one.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 strives for a “zero tolerance” policy against the sexual abuse of prisoners, but the law still has many gray areas, and many standards that are not clear. Wagner Reese’s team of seasoned civil rights attorneys offer the best possible backing and support to fight such cases of sexual assault, and claim fair compensation for you and your loved ones. Our experience in similar cases will ensure an open and shut case that covers all bases and leaves no loopholes for the defendant to slip through.

Contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation if you have been a victim of sexual assault in a prison setting.


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