Rape of LGBT Prisoners – A Hate Crime
Los Angeles and Washington, DC, June 16, 2009. Just Detention International
(JDI) welcomes the release today of the 2008 report on Hate Violence against Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in the United States, published by
the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). The report provides the
most recent data available on violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
(LGBT) individuals. This year’s report also includes a section by JDI, highlighting
the rampant sexual abuse of LGBT prisoners.
The FBI has defined a hate crime as “a criminal offense committed against
a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s
bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national
origin.” LGBT prisoners are disproportionately targeted for sexual abuse because
of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and as such, this form of violence
constitutes a hate crime.
“Every day, the lives of countless U.S. prisoners are shattered by sexual
abuse. An alarming proportion of these inmates are gay or transgender,” said
Lovisa Stannow, Executive Director of JDI. “The trauma that LGBT prisoner
rape survivors experience is made worse by the homophobia and derision they frequently
encounter when attempting to file a formal complaint of a sexual assault.”
The section of the NCAVP report on sexual abuse of LGBT prisoners includes personal
accounts from some of the survivors who wrote to JDI in the past year.
Click here to read the Hate Violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People
in the United States. For further information or to arrange an interview
with an LGBT prisoner rape survivor, please contact JDI’s Program Associate,
Edward Cervantes,at (213) 384-1400 ext. 105 or
For more information about the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, please
visit their website: www.ncavp.org
Just Detention International (JDI) is a human rights organization that seeks to end
sexual abuse in all forms of detention. JDI has three core goals for its work: to
ensure government accountability for prisoner rape; to transform ill-informed public
attitudes about sexual violence in detention; and to promote access to resources
for those who have survived this form of abuse.