Officers Investigated for Sexual Assault at Indiana Women’s Prison
Four male correctional officers from the Indiana Women’s Prison have been suspended on charges that they raped female inmates. The Indiana Department of Correction says that this is the first such case in two years. A 1999 Amnesty International study, which investigated 17 states and the District of Columbia, found that sexual abuse and rape of female inmates is common in correctional facilities in the United States. Women inmates are often afraid to come forward because of fear of reprisal, so abuse often goes unreported or is covered up by the facility.