E-NEWS - 2013

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For Nicole La Fontaine, 2013 has been a year worth celebrating. In January, Nicole helped JDI train corrections officials on inmate safety -- and, amazingly, she did it from her prison cell, as part of an online program attended by prison staff throughout the U.S. But Nicole’s top moment of 2013 came earlier this month when, after 17 years behind bars, she was released from prison.

During her incarceration, Nicole taught hundreds of her fellow inmates about their right to be safe from sexual abuse. As part of a JDI program, she led workshops in which women could talk openly about such abuse and how to get help. Sadly, Nicole knows first-hand about the horrors of sexual violence in detention. In 1997, she was sexually assaulted repeatedly by a high-ranking prison staff member.
Nicole credits JDI with giving her the strength to become a leader. In a letter to JDI, she wrote,

Because of JDI -- and people like you who make our work possible -- Nicole not only was able to rebuild her life, but also to help countless other survivors along their path to healing.

Nicole is no longer locked up, but she remains deeply involved with JDI. Right now, please join Nicole in supporting JDI’s work to stop prisoner rape. Your kind donation will help us ensure that no one else has to suffer from this abuse.

P.S. Please give generously, so that we can help more survivors like Nicole heal from sexual abuse -- and become part of the solution!

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