Woman Prisoner Sent to Solitary for Reporting Rape by Guard | Mother Jones
First off, can we all agree that being raped in prison is a terrible thing that no one deserves, despite all the "ha ha you dropped your soap" jokes on tv? If you really do think being sexually assaulted is *part* of the punishment you should really look at the constitution and that whole part that forbids "cruel and unusual punishment."
This case is about a woman who was raped by a prison guard and then punished for speaking out against it. It's also about if prisoners can sue prisons and prison guards for illegal actions. And it's also about how badly we need to revise our prison system in this country. Remember, we lock up more of our citizens than any other industrialized nation.
Other accounts were more specific: In the first assault, Ortiz was "fondled" by the guard, who then told her "I'll get you tomorrow, watch." In the second, which took place after she had appealed for help, the guard returned while Ortiz was asleep and raped her. The assaults took place back in 1996. Subsequently, Ortiz sued both prison officials in federal court for doing nothing to protect her from the guard and punishing her instead. A jury awarded her $625,000 in damages.