JAC Rallies at City Hall Beseeching BOC to Implement Comprehensive Evidence-Based Harm-Reduction Rule Incorporating Best-Practice Standards for Rape and Sexual Assault Survivors on Rikers and in our City Jails

28 Jul JAC Rallies at City Hall Beseeching BOC to Implement Comprehensive Evidence-Based Harm-Reduction Rule Incorporating Best-Practice Standards for Rape and Sexual Assault Survivors on Rikers and in our City Jails

New Yorkers, survivors of sexual violence, women’s rights advocates, students, jail reform advocates, transgender and gender non-conforming advocates, abolitionist organizers, and other community members and leaders rally on the steps of City Hall and held a press conference urging city officials to implement a sound harm-reduction policy that incorporates evidence-based community practices into our city jails and Rikers for the treatment of trauma survivors and to call attention to the parity between the Hunting Grounds of our Academic institutions and of our Penal institutions in America. In both instances the complaint, investigative, and punitive systems a survivor is forced to depend on for “justice” are constructed to maintain the integrity of the institution: NOT to deliver any semblance of normalcy, restoration, or relief to the survivor. 
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WHO: Survivors of sexual violence, women’s rights advocates, students, jail reform advocates, transgender and gender non-conforming advocates, abolitionist organizers, and other community members and leaders. Attornies Alan Figman and Randy McLaughlin spoke about their clients:  women whom have been abused and sexually assaulted on their way into Rikers to visit loved ones, and Justin Kuchma respectively.  Other speakers:  Xena Grandicelli, survivor, JAC member and SRLP Board member MC’d; Barbara McClean, RAAIN National Spokeswoman; Robin K Miller, Former NYCDOC Corrections Officer and Author of:  Inside the Dark Underbelly of Rikers Island: (A Retired Female Correction Officer Speaks Out);  Sonia Ossorio, President of National Organization for Women, NYC; and Dorchen Leighthold, Director Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, Sanctuary for Families, New York.

 

 


There is an ongoing and spiraling crisis of sexual assault being waged on detainees and visitors to Rikers Island. This has been revealed by news accounts as well as by the U.S. Department of Justice. The vast majority of women in correctional facilities have been victims of violence prior to their incarceration including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and child abuse. With approximately 95% of the affected population returning to the communities after serving their sentences, this is an issue society cannot afford to ignore.