E-NEWS - 2011

216,600 and Counting: Tell the Attorney General to End Prisoner Rape Once and For All

Last week we launched our 216,600 and Counting campaign to mark a shameful anniversary: one year ago, Attorney General Eric Holder missed the deadline for adopting national standards to address sexual abuse behind bars. Since that time, at least 216,600 adults and children in U.S. detention facilities have been sexually victimized, even though we know how to stop it.

We simply cannot allow this abuse to continue.

Please join our campaign by making sure that the Attorney General hears from the people who are most affected by his failure to act. Every single day, JDI gets letters from people in prisons and jails who are being hurt right now and who are desperate for help. So every single day, until the Attorney General adopts the standards -- making them binding on corrections facilities nationwide -- we're going to send him a quote from one of those letters.  

Join us now by sending your own message to the Department of Justice, through Facebook, our website, and TwitterWe'll post a new quote for you to send every day, until the standards are adopted. 

At a Congressional briefing last week, Frank Mendoza, a member of JDI's Survivor Council, testified about what happened to him in a county jail five years ago. He described fearing for his life while being raped by a corrections officer. Frank said,  

"Prisoner rape is a life shattering experience. This violence has to stop and I ask you to please put pressure on the Department of Justice to pass strong standards quickly so that others do not have to go through what I did."

The national standards aren't just another set of government regulations; they are concrete, common sense measures that have the power to protect hundreds of thousands of adults and children each year from the horror of sexual abuse.

Please take action now, through FacebookJDI's website, or Twitter.  

Join us in standing up for Frank, and countless others like him, every day until the standards are adopted. Let's tell the Attorney General that it's time to end prisoner rape, once and for all. 


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