E-NEWS - 2011

Send a Note of Hope for the Holidays

This holiday season, you can give something priceless without spending a penny: give the gift of hope, by sending a holiday card to a survivor of prisoner rape who is still behind bars.

Sending a JDI holiday card is free, fast, and easy. And it will make a world of difference to someone like Dwight, who wrote:

"I can honestly say that, because of you, I haven't killed myself or given up. You have been there for me in my darkest moments."

Holiday CardDwight, who is serving time in a Texas prison, has been raped repeatedly by other inmates. He reported the abuse and begged to be placed in protective housing, only to be mocked or ignored by staff. Earlier this year, he was transferred to another prison, more than 400 miles away from his family.

Dwight is battling depression, fear, and loneliness -- but he hasn't lost hope. Instead, he is struggling to hold onto a vision of a brighter future. In a recent letter to JDI, he wrote:

"You've given me the courage and inspiration not to let what has happened to me destroy the beautiful life that lies ahead. I am looking forward to getting out and doing whatever I can to help JDI fight to end sexual abuse behind bars."

We look forward to Dwight's release, too, and to working with him to make sure that no one else has to go through what he did, ever again.

Until then, please join us in sending Dwight, and hundreds of others like him, a few kind words.

Thank you for everything you do -- year round -- to stand up for the safety and dignity of all people. May you and your family enjoy a happy and peaceful holiday season!

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