Take Action: Stop Prison Rape In Texas
Texas Governor Gregory Abbott took a small step toward implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), but not enough to satisfy the U.S. Department of Justice.
Implementing standards aimed at preventing prison rape “wherever feasible” is not enough for Lambda Legal or our client Passion Star who has already survived sexual assault in prison. And it’s not enough for the untold numbers of people incarcerated in Texas prisons and jails who are at risk of sexual violence every day. Let's tell Governor Abbott that we agree with Passion: "Safety from rape and assault is not a privilege. It is a right."
PREA is a federal law designed to eliminate sexual abuse of people in custody. But despite the fact that Texas has more prison facilities with higher rates of sexual assault than any other state, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry stated that Texas would not comply with PREA’s standards. Instead of callously denying Passion and other incarcerated people their right to protection, or threatening them with solitary confinement when they complain of abuse, the state of Texas should end sexual violence in its prisons and jails.
Tell Governor Abbott it's time to stop prison rape in Texas on social media:
Or, write a letter to the Governor: