Why does it matter to you?
Troy used to think that no one cared about stopping prisoner rape. After all, when Troy was being sexually abused in prison, staff members -- the very people charged with keeping him safe -- looked the other way.
It was only after a nun from the local parish reached out to Troy that he realized he wasn’t alone. Troy, who is now a member of JDI's Survivor Council, never forgot how Sister Mary Sean changed his life.
Watch this video of Troy explaining what it meant to learn that someone cared about ending prisoner rape. Then tell us why you do.
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we’re asking you, our supporters, to share why stopping prisoner rape matters.
Here is what people like you have told us so far:
I care because I can never really be happy so long as one human being is suffering. When I observe my five-year-old grandson -- his innocence, his natural intelligence -- I am suddenly struck with horror as I consider the current crisis of prisoner rape in our country. What if my grandson makes a mistake? What if he finds himself alone and vulnerable? -- Kurt
I care because I have seven brothers, and five of them are in prison. I care because if I don't, I don't know who will. -- Gabrielle
You can read more of these messages here -- and please remember to add your own! Later this month, we'll share your words with survivors who are still behind bars, reminding them that there are people on the outside who care.
Thank you for joining us in believing that no one, no matter what, deserves to be raped, and for your commitment to ending this international crisis.