Target: Marydell Guevara, Director of Corrections at Miami-Dade Facility
Goal: Criticize correctional facility for failing to respond to assault of female prison guard
A female prison guard, who was sexually assaulted by more than 17 male inmates at a Miami-Dade correctional facility in south Florida, claims that it took months for the facility to investigate her assault, and that attention was only paid after she threatened to take matters into her own hands. The woman, who declined to reveal her identity, was on duty at the correctional facility when she was cornered by a swarm of inmates as she tried to respond to a violent outburst by a suspect awaiting trial for murder.
While the cause of the suspects’ outburst is unknown, the breach in security can be credited to a holding cell being left open, launching a massive riot that provoked countless other inmates to brawl with other law enforcement officials and corrections officers. While the female corrections officer dealt with the prisoner, the situation quickly grew out of control and she was groped, kicked, punched in the head, face and neck, as well as her abdomen and back, and had her breasts, vaginal area and buttocks violated.
When rushed to the hospital, she was convinced that she would have a chance to speak to authorities and report her assault, but no such thing occurred. Traumatized, she spent 60 days recovering, only to find out that the facility had taken no action and simply ignored her assault. In an interview with The Daily Mail she expressed, “I was devastated. I was traumatized…I thought I was about to be gang raped.”
In an attempt to rectify the situation, the Miami-Dade Corrections Facility charged Derrick Harrel, 23, the inmate who instigated the melee, with battery on a law enforcement officer, but the female correction officer’s assailants have yet to even be identified — leaving 16 inmates oblivious to the pain and trauma they inflicted on the officer.
Claims of sexual assault should never go ignored, especially by those whose duty it is to protect the innocent and indict the guilty. Sign this petition to support the female officer and tell Director of Corrections, Marydell Guevara, to take sexual assault seriously.
Dear Marydell Guevara,
The Miami-Dade Corrections Facility should be thoroughly ashamed for its inexcusable apathy in the case of a female officer who was sexually assaulted by not one, not two, but 17 different inmates while she tried to apprehend a volatile prisoner.
For over two months her case went largely ignored. Why wasn’t her case taken seriously? Why are there 16 inmates who have gone unpunished for the suffering they caused this innocent woman, who was merely doing her job?
The indifference shown by the corrections facility, police department and your division is simply unacceptable; it’s disheartening to know that within your job description it states that you are supposed to protect citizens from heinous crimes, guard those who have broken the law and convict those who disrupt peaceful order — and yet nothing was done to protect one of your own.
I urge you to take the female correction officer’s claims seriously and bestow upon her peace of mind by convicting those involved in her assault.
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