Sexual Assault by Guards to Women Prisoners

One of the biggest ways in which women’s rights are infringed upon is through the sexual assault that they suffer at the hands of the guards in prison. A fact sheet by Amnesty International gives us a closer look at what women prisoners have to go through in terms of sexual assault. “In federal women’s correctional facilities, 70% of guards are male. Records show correctional officials have subjected female inmates to rape, other sexual assault, sexual extortion, and groping during body searches…Male correctional officials retaliate, often brutally, against female inmates who complain about sexual assault and harassment” (Women). This is a gross miscarriage of justice as this is not what should be happening in prisons or anywhere for that matter. This is a violation of the women’s rights as a prisoner and person. Such harrowing things shouldn’t be happening in the jails to these women. As mentioned in previous posts, jail is not a place where people should get punished and be exposed to violence like this. Despite the fact that this is a prison and some rights are taken away from them, not being subject to sexual assault is a right that should be available to everyone, regardless of whether or not you’re in prison or “deserve it”. The fact that even reporting these guards doesn’t help these women explains their feelings of hatred towards the system. The system is set in place to protect them, but when no one carries out the consequences, it is really a troubling affair. 

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