Rape of LGBT Prisoners – A Hate Crime
June 16, 2009 -
Los Angeles and Washington, DC, June 16, 2009. Just Detention International (JDI)
welcomes the release today of the 2008 report on Hate Violence against Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in the United States, published by the National
Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). The report provides the most recent
data available on violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
individuals. This year's report also includes a section by JDI, highlighting the
rampant sexual abuse of LGBT prisoners.
The FBI has defined a hate crime as "a criminal offense committed against a person,
property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias
against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national
origin." LGBT prisoners are disproportionately targeted for sexual abuse because
of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Therefore, this form of violence
constitutes a hate crime.
"Every day, the lives of countless U.S. prisoners are shattered by sexual abuse.
An alarming proportion of these inmates are gay or transgender," said Lovisa Stannow,
Executive Director of JDI. "The trauma that LGBT prisoner rape survivors experience
is made worse by the homophobia and derision they frequently encounter when attempting
to file a formal complaint of a sexual assault."
The section of the NCAVP report on sexual abuse of LGBT prisoners includes personal
accounts from some of the survivors who wrote to JDI in the past year.
Click here to read Hate Violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
People in the United States. For further information or to arrange an interview
with an LGBT prisoner rape survivor, please contact JDI's Program Associate, Edward
Cervantes, at (213) 384-1400 ext. 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, please
visit their website: www.ncavp.org