I invested around 15 years in state and federal jail on drug fees. In 2004, I went to the Federal Detention Center in Philly where I was continuously sexually assaulted by Officer Theodore Woodson.
I was controlled by this police officer, and he compelled me to make love with him on several celebrations. Just what he did to me was savage and also has stuck with me since – instead of let it tear me down, I have actually taken the opportunity to speak out and inform others regarding the significant dilemma of sex-related physical violence in our countries prisons as well as jails.
Policeman Woodson would certainly take me to the storehouse in the cellar of the detention center, and that is where he raped me. After the first time, he informed me that if I ever informed any person that he knew where my family lived, where my children lived, endangering to injure them.
The final time he raped me, I was severely damaged and should go to the emergency clinic. I was bleeding and also hemorrhaging – as well as the clinical report recognized that I had been raped. When I educated the captain of exactly what happened, fortunately he thought me, and he had Officer Woodson escorted out of the center.
The captain’s response was important – if he had refused to think me, or perhaps condemned me, the situation might have ended up extremely different. It is truly important that any kind of standards you provide consist of clear steps regarding authorities’ responsibility to report occurrences of sexual abuse, to take such violence seriously, and the advancement of clear actions to be required to launch an investigation. I think that these points are well attended to by the standards proposed by the National Prison Rape Elimination Compensation, and also I urge you to make use of their proficiency instead of replicate their efforts.
Ultimately, I discovered that Policeman Woodson had actually victimized a minimum of four other ladies, and that an additional prisoner had actually reported his conduct more than a year prior to he raped me. A household on the outside had contacted BOP to ask them to examine this officer. BOP did nothing – they swept it under the carpet.
After my record, BOP finally carried out an investigation. Due to the fact that I had the courage to tell my story, numerous other females whom he had actually sexually attacked came forward also. They were as well worried to claim anything before then. 3 of us were moved to an additional facility (FPC Alderson), where we did not get the correct follow-up care that we needed.
The counselor I was designated was not practical. I don’t believe the personnel at Alderson took the attack seriously. Some personnel made remarks to us about exactly what occurred with Police officer Woodson – they wanted to frighten us, intimidate us, make us feel poor for reporting the abuse.