E-NEWS - 2014

Juvencia's Message From Prison

Over the holidays, we asked you to send prisoner rape survivors a bit of your compassion. You gave them something even better — a reason to have hope.


Last year was difficult for Juvencia. An inmate at a Colorado prison, she has endured ongoing sexual abuse and harassment from staff. When she tried to speak out, staff responded with yet more abuse. “Right now, I’m being retaliated against and harassed so bad, and it hurts and saddens me greatly,” she told JDI a few months ago. “But I refuse to let these people break me and steal my spirit.”

True to her word, Juvencia didn’t allow her abusers to shatter her self-worth. Juvencia’s courage carried her through a tough time — but she couldn’t have done it without your support. The warm holiday messages from JDI supporters helped Juvencia find the strength to keep fighting for her rights.

In response to your cards, Juvencia wrote, “Just knowing that there are so many people who care about how inmates are being treated makes all the difference. I truly appreciate it — thank you."

So many survivors, like Juvencia, have told us how your messages have made a difference in their lives. In the coming days, we’ll be posting more survivor responses on social media, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you, JDI supporters, for showing so much compassion for prisoner rape survivors!

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